I am new to chickens and I have decide to get a rooster. Right now I have all hens. They are also all laying birds. I have 2 Orpingtons, 6 Rhode Island Red, 5 Black Australorp and 1 Barrel Rock. I am new to chickens however I know horses. I know with horses you would just never breed a Paso to a Clydesdale. You would get a big hot mess. I don't want a big hot mess. I want something that will be a good layer that I can eat the boys. I was mainly looking at birds I thought were pretty, and good layers. I don't' care if they are yard mutts so much as healthy and going to be good layers. Half the chickens I see in the book are decent layers. So I wanted to ask if I should be looking at finding a rooster that is a specific breed of just go with what I thought was pretty. Like I said I wanted layers not eaters. But if I am having babies that means boys so I am going to eat them. I was thinking Ameraucana also known as Easter eggers. I don't really care about pure breed chickens I have no intention of showing or doing anything but eating a little chicken and my eggs. So do I want a cross breed? Do I want a chicken that is just pretty? Do I want to get a pure bred chicken of a specific breed to have useful crosses. I don't want 100 chickens I am supper happy with my little 14 hens but I like playing with them and I thought chicks would be fun.