I am not sure this is the right place to post these questions , but... I have 22 hens starting their third year soon. Egg production was not very robust last year, and I expect it to be even lower this year. I have Buff Orpingtons, and even though they are sweet ladies, they are broody 3/4 of the year. I was thinking about culling the non layers and letting the good layers hatch out a clutch of chicks. However, I have a Australorp/buff orp mix rooster, so who knows what I will get beside something pretty to look at. So, here are my questions : Do I expect to just get more chicks who will become broody orpingtons? Should I bother hatching any of their eggs? Or, should I just try to buy some eggs from here and slip them under one of the perpetually broody BO's? Will they accept eggs from different sources? Or, should I order sexed females from Ideal and hope a broody mom will take them? Also, $ is tight, so I would rather get good news on the Australorp gene making everything better.