Hi, Some breeds of chickens are in trouble with a lack of genetic diversity. I recently hatched a chick from one of my nicer Buff Orp pullets. The daddy is my Black Jersey Giant cockerel. At that time I hadn't found a quality Buff Orpington cockerel/Roo. When I first joined BYC, it was to fill this hole in my Buff Orp line up. Before I filled that spot, my little 8 month ole Black Jersey Giant was given the honor to protect the girls. I find my chickens are happier with a man in the coop. Even IF he is a young man. This outcross breeding has produced a jet black chick. I know that this chick will prolly not have enough butt fluff. However, the genetics are their to throw potentially Black Orp looking birds thru this outcross. One of BYC's finer breeders has an Orp project going, using outcross to produce a desired end result. Eventually IF taken back to more of my REAL BLACK ORPS, I will dilute and remove most all the genetic traits from the Giant line. Leaving one large Black Orp LOOKING line. This might be MY NEW PROJECT. For you ORP fans, what do you think of these type of breedings?