So wish I had found this site before I bought my first chicks this year but I didn't so now I am trying to get things going in the right direction again. Right now I have 8 golden comet pullets, and 6 easter egger pullets and 6 barred rock roosters ( still irritated on that one) Ok so a few people have talked how they raise their own chicks. Don't bring chicks from else where in. That got me thinking just a bit. Part of my worry is bringing in some illness and losing the ones I have. I don't like getting attatched and things dying on me. So I was thinking maybe I need to keep at least one rooster at my parents farm. I do have one barred rock that I just adore so he would be one but how would that work with the hens I have? I'm assuming I would have mutts. Thats ok as long as they lay well and are not sickly. Maybe I should raise my own. Set up my flock, let the chosen ones have any babies I would need and skip the worry in the future of bringing in a sick chick. My husband said he will " deal with" any of the roosters. I just need to decide if I want to raise my own and give him blueprints for a set up at the farm for the roosters and their potential mates during 'visits' I'm also looking at some golden sex links since I have fewer girls that I originally thought. Suggestions? I like variety so deciding on one is so hard but there is limited space and funding to do everything so I need to narrow it down a bit. What do you do with different bred hens and only one or two roosters? I am assuming sex links don't breed true if I make everyone a mutt.