Hi there, I love my 8 chickens, but as we've just made the move from Brooklyn, NY out to the country, we are eager to expand our flock. I have a big order in at My Pet Chicken, but my son, my husband and I have all been talking about starting a self-sustaining flock of a dedicated breed and selling them in our area. My son wants to do it for a homeschooling project, and I want to do it to supply chickens to the area (so they don't have to get shipped al the time) and.... for fun. Would love to hear from some of you small-farm breeders. Is there a reason to start with breeder-quality chicks? Or can we start with hatchery-chicks? We're not so interested in showing, but would like to have a good-looking and healthy line. Should we start with chicks from different sources to mix up the bloodline? How did any of you all get started? I know I sound like a total ignoramus, that's because I am! Just at the beginning of the research phase, so be kind please! thanks for anything you can share.