I'm looking for some extra hens. We want to add probably 6 more chickens to the flock in the spring (to include a rooster). I'm looking at Black Australorps but I have a few questions first... 1. Are they cold hardy? I live in Ontario, Canada! For the record I have a bunch of hens already with single combs and we do pretty okay in the winter. 2. Do they brood/set well? I'm looking for a broody breed 3. How are they for laying? I'm looking for a hen that lays well. 4. What are the roosters like? Friendly? I'd also be interested in seeing photos of anyones chicks who have come out of Australorp crosses, specifically EE/Australorps or RIR/Australorps... something along those lines. I already have 19 hens, 5 EEs and the rest RIR/Col. Rock x's (or production reds).