Hi all, I have been lurking for a while and am getting serious about taking the plunge to start raising chickens. I think this is a great site with a lot of really useful info. I was hoping to start with 3-4 chicks and see how that works out and possibly add another couple at a later date. The max we would want is 5-6. The question I have for tonight is about mixing breeds. If we start with 3, is there any reason for or against getting 3 separate breeds? My daughter wants a australorp, my son wants a easter egger, and the wife wants a buff orpington. I hope i got those all right. Anyway is it ok to get only one of each? or do they all need to be with others of their own kind? I hope this question makes sense. Also if I posted in the wrong area I apologize in advance. Thanks in advance , and i'm sure I will have more questions as i try to learn more.