Hello all! New to chickens this year and so excited to start this adventure! I would like to have a flock that produces multi-colored eggs. Originally, I was just going to get 6 Buff Orpingtons, because of their all around good qualities, but now I'm thinking I don't want all the same and I'd love some egg color variety too. I am thinking of the following: 2 Buff Orpingtons 2 auracans 2 Cuckoo Marans From research these seem hardy for Maine winters and also friendly and fun breeds to have. Will this work? Will they pick on each other? Will it be too difficult to mix breeds for my first year of raising layers? The above choices also reflect what is available at my local feed store. I am trying to go simple and not too expensive for my first year. Are 6 hens enough? Too many? (Space is no issue, lots of land to work with). I'm interested in what people say about the dynamics of a mixed flock and how to select breeds that will do best together. Thanks for the advice!