I will be getting chicks this spring and wanted some rare and beautiful birds. I do want to try to breed them as I have young kids and have not had the experience of our previous chickens hatching any. I was thinking Greenfire Farms as they have a few breeds I am interested in, but they are pricey. Omega hills farms has a package deal on bielefelder chicks and they are from the greenfire line. I was hoping to have a layer flock of different breeds and maby a few roo's . I was thinking maby 2 of each of the breeds I was interested in from greenfire but saw a post with pictures here on byc and realized how diverse even 6 chicks of the same breed can be. and the post was on chicks from greenfire farms. it made me realize that I might need to get more then a few chicks of each breed if I'm looking for the best of a breed or if I intend to breed them. I guess what I need to know is should I go with 2 of each breed I like or a mass of one of the breeds I'm interested in? if I go with the mass I guess I keep the very best and eventually get rid of the rest and order another mass of a different breed next year. does anyone have any experience with any of these breeders or have one they suggest? I am interested in eggs but want a colorful basket. also would love to breed to sell some chicks locally and freshen our flock, and eat the majority of the roo's. we will do mostly free range and organic feed. as of right now we moved to a new house and have no chickens. my boys will be getting silkies which will have their own coop any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.