I have high hopes for the Buckeye/production red crosses coming as hatching eggs this spring from True North, a Canadian hatchery that selects for production. I hope they have the temperaments of the Buckeyes, and the egg production of the reds- hopefully it won't be the other way around! I've also found that production reds can be nasty.
The weatherman is calling for a brief very cold snap- it's been such a mild winter, and this weekend it's supposed to go down to -30oC. Hope the chickens will be ok. I had some frostbite issues earlier this winter, in much milder temperatures.