I have been stalking this site for a long time. You all have helped me and the hubby decide on breeds, coop designs, watering and feeding methods! I figured it was about time I said thanks to everyone for you wisdom and guidance. We have 3 heritage cochins and 5 buff orpingtons, with 25 barred rocks on the way. We will keep some for egglayers to incorporate into the flock and the rest will be freezer faire. I was just reading a thread about barred rocks and had never paid much attention to whether our chickens came from a breeder or a hatchery and now that I know the difference I am worried that our hatchery girls may not go broody thus we will not be able to sustain our own flock. Has this been the case for eveyone? Thanks in advance for any input!