I am trying to do some planning for next year. I go back and forth on what I want but I have to keep my main priority right up front, and that is eggs. I currently have BSL, a couple Australorps, 2 buff orps and a mutt rooster. The mutt rooster will go when I get another one. My thinking now is to go with good brown egg layers. So with that in mind here are my thoughts. I think I want my rooster to be a RIR. I want some Delawares, RIR, Barred Rock, and Black Australorps as my pullets. Others I am considering just to get some in the flock are Speckled Sussex, Welsummer and RI White pullets or White Rocks. Some of my reasoning is this. I know the sex link chickens are good egg layers. With a RIR roo I can cross with a Barred Rock hen and get BSL, with a Delaware hen and get red sex links, and if I get a RIWhite a gold sex link. I also know that it would only be good for one generation because the sex links will not breed true but I could keep a breeding hen of the breed I need or get new ones. I know that RIR's are good layers themselves so here is one of my questions.. 1. Do RIR roo x RIR hen = RIR chicks 2. If I got a white rock instead of a RIwhite could I still get a Gold sex link with a RIR roox White Rock hen? 3. Are Delawares a mix or is it Delaware roo x Delaware hen to get a Delaware chick? Help me figure out if I have thought this through and it makes sense or if I have missed something. I only want about 20 pullets. Really I want more but better not push my luck in town.