Ok so I have a blue eng. orp. Rooster who is a sweet and nice looking guy who's getting his breeding pen, he's going over a splash of his breed and I was thinking of hatching out some of their eggs for pullets for us & any cockerels have homes lining up, there aren't lots of these big guys around here so they're easy to get good homes... for my egg laying pen I want more big pullets though and I'm gonna put him over some blue layers so I can easily distinguish between the eggs in the incubator, makes it easier. I'm trying to decide 4 things, 1. What shade of egg would yeild the best ee eggs From what I imagine will be interesting hens. Best color being not a weird color, basically just thoughts, i have all shades of blue and some are really nice! He came out of a tan egg! Thoughts or photos appreciated. I know that's not getting dark green. 2. What color ee, with my blue roo, will yeild the best color... I don't want black birds, I have lots of nice light and light with red modeling ees that I thought would be fun to put with him. But I am hoping for some variety. 3. Minimum amount of birds I should put with him? 4. What would you say is the chance the ee's will have dominant comb type with him? Because I have a darling 'ee' that came from a farm that's huge, lays peach colored eggs and has a straight comb that hangs on her head.. I won't be breeding her because we aren't looking to have tons of huge combs honestly it's cold here and my roo lost points on his comb and it still looks frost bitten :-/ not good... I think he will be the only rooster of his breed we keep but the others didn't fair amazingly this winter either. Too weird weather. Anyway I would love to know if anyone's mixed those breeds or comb types and how that turned out!