So guys, looking for some thoughts\\suggestions: I currently have a flock of Barred Rocks and Buff Orpington, all being serviced by a fine big BR roo called "Big Daddy" (he really earns his name). I am expanding my flock to include some Rhode Island Red (all hens), Easter Eggers (all hens), and Speckled Sussex (straight run). So here come the question: In your option, should I keep the BR roo to produce the next generation of fluffy chirp balls or should I pick out one of the Sussex to fill his shoes? I'm looking for good size and egg laying abilities out of my hybrids, however I would also really like some additional "flare"... In my reading it seems all Barred Rock roos produce barred chicks, which seems to be true for this years chicks. I currently have one BR\\BO cross hatched last weekend dubbed Bandit because he basically has a buff mask while the rest of him is pitch black. Cute, but still very dark. Thoughts\\suggestions\\other breed I should concider?