Hello all...I have a weird questions. Do mixed breeds of good laying breeds still make good layers? I had the ideal that I could buy a large variety of good egg layers and then keep a roo and continue my own flock with good egg laying and free chicks every year. But I have three that are this spring's chicks and I'm not sure that they are laying much if at all. Two are mixed Austrolorp and White Leghorn (or possibly Colombia rock). The other is either pure Austrolorp or a mix with a Black Sexlink. If I continue to let my Austrolorp Roo do his job with all my pretty ladies will I continue to get chicks that will turn into good layers or is it a gamble? (I have Buff Orpingtons, Brown and White Leghorns, Black sex links, Colombia Rocks, Barred Rocks and Austrolorps). And on that same note, if I need to narrow it down to one breed to have good layers AND free chicks that turn into good layers, can I mix different colors of the same breed? (ex. mixed colors of Wynodetts).