RiR x Shamo: Advice on Playing with Genetics I have a flock of mostly RiRs and NHs. They are decent birds but I am interested in playing with the genetics/selected breeding a bit to suit my needs. I would like to encourage more natural traits one sees in the older breeds (Shamo, Modern Game, Aseel, etc.) such as broodiness, great mothering, heavy foraging, heat tolerance, and predator evasion. I was considering adding one of those birds to the line but I need some advice. Which breed should I choose Shamo, Modern Game, Aseel, or some other type? For the breeding plan I think it would be most efficient to get a Shamo rooster and breed him with the RiRs. Take that group of ½ breed chickens and breed one of the roosters to the RiR hens. Then I would end up with a group of birds that are mixed breed ¼ Shamo and ¾ RiRs. Then hand pick the ones with the traits I am looking for to continue breeding. I would hopefully end up with bird with the meaty shape, egg production, and look similar to a RiR but also develope a few of the personality traits of the Shamo. Is that how the genetics/selected breeding thing would work? If not how would you do it? Or is it possible?