Just an idea I've been hooked on, not looking to make any new acquisitions or changes until next year, but I'd like to take my flock in a new direction. Two of my very best layers are Orpington/Ancona mixes. Given that there was only one BO rooster and one Ancona hen in the flock where they originated, they're full sisters. They have a lot of qualities I like. They lay very well and aren't easily thrown off laying by stressors. They're attractive, medium sized birds with interesting personalities. They inherited a good bit of the Ancona nervousness, which makes them vigilant and successful free rangers. One has gone broody, the other has not; the one was a good mother but is not excessively broody. I'd like to see more of all these things. What I like is the Ancona traits mixed with the larger breed. I've thought of a handful of breeds I might like to cross with Ancona, which naturally suggests using an Ancona rooster over my choice of a variety of hens. Given larger stock like Orpingtons, this has the additional advantage of a smaller rooster not being so damaging to the larger hens. Now the question: Can I expect similar results if making the cross in reverse? The birds I like came from an Ancona mother and an Orpington father. If the parents are switched, will that change anything?