After eight months and 420,000 bags of feed - while free ranging - my Cornish Rock hens finally laid a single frozen egg yesterday during our ice storm. We brought the egg up to the house and cracked it open the rest of the way and saw the bullseye. The young, scrappy Buff Orpington rooster we have in with the hens has been romancing the ladies. I'm really excited. It's taken forever to get these giant things to start laying and I was concerned that forcing them to free range would keep them from laying eggs at all until spring. Now we'll be gathering the eggs that we can find in time and tossing them into the incubator. With a buff x white cross we should have sexlinked chicks. If we can get the chicks to hatch out then I have to figure out what to cross them to. I think the Buff Orpington genes will help them be a fast-feathering bird, but will shrink the breast size. Any thoughts?