I am going to get a dozen Production Red hens in June, retired at 72 weeks from a commercial operation. Assuming they do well and are in good condition after a couple of months, I would like to get a rooster at the end of the summer, when many people are getting rid of their straight run roos from this past spring. In addition to hoping the rooster will look after the flock, I'd like to incubate some fertile eggs next spring for replacements. I understand that the hens are hybrids and won't necessarily breed true, but I imagine that they could still make a genetic contribution to produce decent egg-layers. Am I wrong? Any thoughts on which breed of rooster would best for 1) ease of handling and docile nature, 2) egg production and 3) cold hardiness when crossed with Production Reds?