what you cross breed depends on your needs heres a couple of examples
White leghorns here have a harder time during the winter with no body fat and are also first ones to get attacked by areal predators , crossing them with barred rock didn't help much we got mostly white birds with pin stripped lower wing feathers but much better for temps. will wait until spring to try again, This time they are going to be crossed with a RIR
We have a lot of areal predators here and they are free ranging we do have a lot of hiding spots for them but they sometimes don't have much time. So we crossed a Buff Orpington hen with a barred rock rooster, very pleased with the results but was hoping for more buff in the mix.
This is what we got, Sweetpea. She is more docile like the Bo but she isn't targeted often as she will stand up for herself will see how she does in the spring when she goes outside, and try to get more brown in there
Edited by slordaz - 1/5/16 at 8:22am