I have 2 lavender roo's (one looks more like a lemon blue), 3 buff hens, one Uk blue hen (My daughter got her for a dollar!) and 2 buff roos. How bad would it be crossing some of these? Would I do more damage and create a messy colored chick or could I use buff hens to breed lavender chicks. I know some are not big fans of the British Orps but that is all we have and not the money to track done more. I would love to have more Blues and more Lavenders. But is it good to mix? Or am I asking for more problems? Also, how do you go about breeding things like cukoo's. I would guess bring in a different breed but how many times do you have to breed back to the point it is called an orpington again.I saw a guy in tx on Craig's List that advertised Rhode Island blues, but they were just a cross and not a true breeding chicken. He crossed a Blue Splash Hamburg hen with a RIRed rooster and the off spring he said was a RIBlue. This woud not be a true breed as a Rhode Island would it? Give a novice and his 12 yr old daughter some help. We have only been chicken crazy about 3 months.