One of my friends needs 5 or so layers, as his have completely stopped laying because they are pretty darned old. He says they are not molting. I only have one rooster for my 16 hens, so I decided to give it a try. He is a nice Black Austrolorp, and I have 5 BA hens, plus some RIR, GSL's and BR's. I took the best large 24 eggs over 3 days (getting 13-16 per day) and set them last night. I know what the BA chicks look like, but it will be interesting to see what varieties he ends up with. I figured a 50% fertility ratio, then having 50% being roos, to get to the number of eggs I would need. Sorry if I upset anyone by cross breeding without a plan, but these will only be on our farms. Anybody else have mutts?