I right there with you. I LOVE my Roo, but I'm not sure I want full blood EF hens because I also want meat on my birds. By happy accident, I got a EF Roo with about a dozen mixed hens (Barred Rock, Australorp, EE, and a Production Red). I think it would be fantastic to see how the EF crosses with Barred Rock. I have read that "mutt" chickens will normally give the "best of both worlds" (though sometimes not). Anyway, since this is the Fayoumis thread...the rooster I have is very protective and watchful, but not agressive with us and fairly gentle with the ladies. He is self-less...in that he finds food (we free-range), calls the girls over, and only after they have had time to eat does he begin eating as well. If there is not enough to go around, then he skips out on the morsel and looks for more. He is AWESOME!.