I am going to start breeding BO,RIR,BR,SLW and white silkies. Right now I have the first 3 breeds. The RIR I bought 37 from a hatchery 18 pullets, 19 cockerels. I had alot with crooked toes soo... This is what I thought I would do: Pick the best Roosters and butcher the rest. Then next year breed the best hens to them. I will also try and find a Rooster that is not related. This is what I found in my book on raiseing chickens: 1.Use the best birds available-I didn't know of anywhere else that I could get them. 2.Make a long term goal-Good laying ability, fair meat,nice color,Good fertility, Good temperament and good resistance to disease. 3.Keep records-I will 4.cull- I have heard that this is the most in portent thing to do. What do you think? I was also wondering if you could give me some tips on the other breeds?