Hello all, we'd like to set up a few "arranged marriages" over the winter for eggs to hatch out next year. We have a few different breeds to choose from, wondering what some good or interested crosses would be. For our cockerels, we have 2 Welsummers, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 Brown Leghorn, and 1 unknown, some hybrid we suppose (friends gave to us, had shown up in a Tractor Supply purchase of some "generic" layer chicks). For our hens, from last year's set, we have mostly some RIR and ameraucanas, with a few each buff orps, dark cornish, and a handful of others. From this year's pullets, we have 15 Gold Comet and 10 each of Brown Leghorn and Welsummer. We'd like to do some straight-up Ameraucana mating, b/c we'll be needing more of those next year, and probably some Welsummer-Ameraucana crossing for a bit of an olive egger (though not as strong as using a Maran I wager) - is it better to use one type for male and one for female, or about the same either way? As far as making some decent production birds out of the rest (we are a small farm, and sell eggs), any suggestions? Would it be best to stay away from breeding the unknown rooster and the Gold Comets, as these are crosses already? Thanks!