I have dreaded this every year, so I just don't do it, but can't afford to just keep buying other peoples eggs because I feel bad separating my own breeds. I have a few separate mixed flocks and dh finally put his foot down and refuses to let me get more eggs of breeds I already have when I can hatch my own. Do the chickens really care? Do they adapt to their new "friends" or will they always want to go back to their original "flock"? I tend to keep them in flocks by season, all last years hatch run together for the most part, but need to be separated so I can have pure lines, the whole reason I got them in the first place. I feel really silly attaching emotion to these birds. Am I the only one that feels bad taking them from their friends?