I am about to place an order from Meyer Hatchery for what will become my replacement hens. I had planned on getting some Barred Rocks & RIR (and eventually some Leghorns to thrown in a few white eggs now and again). I noticed they had Black Australorp available for immediate shipment. According to their description, they lay 5+ eggs per week, even better than their claim for the RIR (4+). This coming year we are trying to increase egg production, as my youngest is becoming quite the egg entrepreneur. But, I want a true breed. Also, the bird has to be something that I would let hatch out on their own (pullets=future hens, cockerels=future dinner). Anyone familiar with this breed? Downsides? Is the egg production really that good?