I currently have an adult Buff Orp hen we inherited with the property. I'm not sure of her age, but she is still laying 4-5 eggs/week. At the beginning of February, I purchased 7 seven-week old hens (2 buff orps, 1 barred rock, 1 black star, 1 EE, and 2 araucanas) and have been brooding them in the garage until it is warm enough to move them to the coop. They will be free range, and I am looking for egg production (mostly interested in tinted for selling), and to get a self-sustaining program going without the need for purchasing more chicks. Obviously, at some point, I am going to need a rooster, and am trying to decide the best way to go. Buy a started cockerel? Get a chick and grow him up (what to do about the inevitable minimum order). Buy an adult? What breeds should I be looking at? My main criteria are: * trying to keep chicks that will lay colored eggs (blue, green, olive) * good protection for free range flock (forager) * hot weather hardy * not overly aggressive (I have a young daughter) I'm still learning chicken genetics, so any suggestions on what I should be keeping in mind?