We ordered 30 pullets (half Orpington and half Plymouth Rock). Assuming the vast majority make it to 6 months, we will be selecting hens for our flock and using the rest for meat. How many would you keep? We could eat or give away about 24 eggs per week. What behaviors would you look for? Of course any mean hens will go, but are there other behaviors to look for? We want them to raise some chicks so we'll be selecting at least a few broody hens. Since the sexing is 90% accurate, we are sort of hoping for a couple of roosters, but are concerned about using a possible sibling, especially since we want them to raise chicks. However, if it really isn't a problem, which breed would be the better rooster to keep? Or should we order a different rooster to use? I've read that a RIR crossed with Plymouth Rocks will have chicks that are easy to tell hens from roosters by a white spot on their head. How would a RIR cross with an Orpington hen?