Ok, I am green here and unseasoned. We hatched out our first egg yesterday and I feel like a nervous new mother with many questions...well, not THAT nervous but very curious. The situation is, I have searched online for weeks now and have found no solid evidence on this cross... Just a lot of this's and that's. We have a crop of barred rock hens from Murray McMurray. I got a BR roo from the same stock that died. I picked up 2 americana chicks from a local lady that hatched out from ebay. They turned out to be a boy and a girl. Girl was all gray (or do they call it blue?)? She had beautiful lacy gray feathers. The rooster turned out to be Black. He is an handsome gentleman. Nature took my female. I also wanted the "all American" Welsummer breed in my bunch. However I was unable to get my hands on a girl. I love my male. He is so Handsome. I wanted to keep my lines pure. However this did not work out. I am now hatching out for friend, family, and possibly myself. I have an americana / barred rock baby chick with many more on the way along with welsummer/ barred rock eggs getting ready to hatch. I can find threads on welsummer/ barred rock/ but americana/ barred rock...not much. I also have a black chicken that lays chocolate eggs. I don't know which of my males is the father....waiting for the egg to hatch. Please help! Are they sexed linked? Do I want to keep with these or just stay pure? I don't want just barnyard blend, but I do want good layers and hearty birds.