I'm not really sure what to put down here, so I'll just explain my plan and so of the questions I'm coming up with. I'm currently in the Navy out in Washington state, but in a few month will be moving back to Iowa. I plan to buy a small acreage when I get back there and want to start up a small farm. Goats, guineas, and couple pigs, cows, and horses. However this has all come from me wanting to have a big bright colorful flock of chickens. After reading more and more about raising chickens and such I've decided that I may want to breed a purebreeds down the road. I've found 6 breeds I really like the look of. Sumatras, Pheonix, Sultans, and one of the Brown Polish are the ones that come to mind right now. I want to free range them, but worry that might not work having to keep seperate flocks. I plan to start with an assortment and go from there. I'm already dreading having to "thin" the flock from a straight run of chicks... if anyone who's a butcher in the Omaha area that would be great to know, but from what I've read it seems I'm not the only one at a loss there.