Has anyone thought of doing this? I have been planning on mixing my Dark Cornish with my Barred Rocks for an improvised meat flock, but I just had the idea of mixing my Dark Cornish with the Freedom Rangers instead. Or perhaps mixing my Barred Rocks with Freedom Rangers to then mix with my Dark Cornish, kind of to create a meatier laying hen that could be mixed with the Dark Cornish for meat hatchers. Am I getting too crazy here? My Barred Rocks have had fairly poor growth and I'm not real excited about using them as stock for meat chicks. If I do I need to do some serious culling and selective breeding to improve their genetics. Their size is all over the place and very much below the growth of the RIR's that I bought alongside them. I'm not trying to develop perfect bloodlines here, just want chickens that meet my purposes, they could even be as ugly as a NN if they had to be. My intentions are to have a good laying stock for eggs while still being able to hatch out chicks that will be good meat chicks as well. I know this topic has been discussed VERY extensively, I just wanted to run the idea of a Dark Cornish crossed with a Freedom Ranger by everyone to see what kind of responses I get. Thanks.