Hi, We have bakers dozen grown birds now. Assorted hens ( 6 sussex X NHR, 2 RIR, 2 Barredrock, 2 ORP,) and a speckled Sussex rooster who is quite gentlemanly. We also have 6 silver lace Wyandote chicks. These were all acquired at different times at different ages and so far everyone gets along fine. We are ready to expand, and I was thinking of getting: 1Buckeye cockerel, and 9 pullets as follows: 3 Buckeye,3 Orps,and 3 golden sex links. We would be able to house two little flocks separately if necessary, What I am looking to do is end up with a flock of cold hearty,dual purpose birds that will free range happily and efficiently (including some managed pasture) and hatch and raise their own chicks while Also producing a good number of eggs. ( say 4-7 eggs/day from 9 hens over the year). Not too much to ask, eh? I would like to keep some pure buckeye, always,but beside that, expect everyone to eventually intermingle . With that in mind, I selected Buckeyes as good freerangers ( good foragers, and alert) The Orps hoping to get broody mamma hen(s), and the sex link primarily for their laying.. Unless and until we get them haching/raising chicks, we'll do that for them. So, Here are my questions 1 With total of 27hens, and those two roosters, are they likely to get along when they are all inside the 1/3 acre yard? or should definitely plan on separating.?( we'd have 2 coops). 2 I know goldens are hybrids so wont breed true. But, would the characteristic of being heavy layers show up in their offspring? and 3, Am I silly to think that starting with this group, we could end up with a flock of mixed breeds that exhibit the combined traits of the original breeds? ( aside from breeding some good buckeyes,I hope to Not do selective pairing, only input I would have would be though deciding who to cull, who to keep for breeding.) I Hope this makes sense. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! PS, anyone raising Buckeyes in Vermont?