I have a beautiful blue australorp/mottled houdan x who is weathering the harsh weather far better than his black australorp cousins (they're frostbitten, he's not even though his is the largest comb - a double one, at that!) so I've decided he's probably the better breeder. (Plus he's demonstrated great attack and defense ability, despite being low on the roo rung.) He's not mini-turkey-sized like the pure BAs but I found a lady selling dorking/houdan crosses. After some research, I find that the dorkings were/are a favoured table bird and quite sizable; I also found that houdans are supposed to be quite large, but in the pure form, stupid. (Lady i got greybeard from said so, too - " 'oudans, they are THICK!" But greybeard, being only part, is super smart!) Has anyone here any experience/comments on the crossing? I did search, with no applicable results. So, to condense: my intended offspring for meat would be 1/2 mottled houdan, 1/4 australorp and 1/4 silver grey dorking.