I am conflicting with this issue. I would like to start a small, egg laying flock. I would like to specify which breeds I want because of their productivity, and my over all interest in the breed and breeding projects, On the other hand, some assortments from Ideal, and McMurry do carry some of the breeds I like, but also consist of breeds I am not interested in (cochins, brahmas, RIR). I like the idea of an assortments. Trying breeds you never thought to have, seeign which works best in your area, and the over all suprise you get when you get chicks and not knowing which is what, and the antisipation to find out. Also assortments are cheaper than some of the chicks I would like.