Hi! I'm new here but trying to dive in and get all my chicks in a row (so to speak) for starting our backyard operation. We have raised chickens before, but never more than a small handful at a time that were pets. Could you please share your advice on the matter of building a flock for someone interested in trying out a few different breeds? My oldest son is very interested in Black giants, son #2 is intrigued by egg color variety (BC Marans, Ameraucana) and I am interested in a couple heritage breeds. We want them for eggs and pets/fun, and will use dual-purpose ones for meat when it is necessary to cull, but eggs are our main objective. I like the idea of having several breeds to try out and see which fits our family the best, and the enjoyment of watching the variety of personalities. Will ordering, say, 5 chicks of 5 different breeds create problems in the future? I would (ideally) like to keep a roo and several hens of each type, hopefully free range for much of the day (we are on 6 acres). Should I plan on separating them all from the beginning, or is that enough space that the roosters can work out their differences? What about coop time? Will they need separate ones (one for each rooster?) I know someone who seems to have everything (many hens/roos) together without major problems but from what I've read here that is looking for trouble. Advice welcome!