Hi! I was hoping to get some opinions on this? I have a free range flock of Marans in different colors (mainly wheaten and BC). All of my stock have come from great breeders and good lines, none are hatchery or poor quality birds. Right now I have several hens and two roosters, one wheaten and one BC. My question is, I see many breeders who breed for type and quality birds who keep their colors penned separately, and I was wondering if this was important? I like my birds to free range, and as long as the roosters get along, why not? It's true that if I sold hatching eggs I could never tell you what color you might get from which, and I am not sure how potential cross-color breeding might effect color purity. How much does that all matter? Does free ranging my flock mean that I won't be taken seriously as a breeder? I would love opinions on this! I consider myself a "hobby" breeder now, but I want to do things right!