So far the BBS Paul Smith Ameraucana pullets have crossed with the Swedish Black cockerel, and they are carrying the black skinned gene. I have one Swedish Black pullet, she laid well, and then proceeded to set and mother like a champ. High fertility. The Ameraucanas are not broody but lay well, consistently the darkest yolks of all. Egg size varies, but in general a medium egg. The SB eggs are medium too. I am rethinking the Langshans as the father son duo I have now are mostly shooting blanks, not sure if it is due to genetics or a respiratory illness the father had...(not MG, Lecleria as far as they could tell) I want something with more size, but want the black skinned genes to be able to show too, not sure about that part, and also I am getting more fond of these smaller, more agile breeds. The pea comb of the Ameraucanas is dominant with this initial cross. Not thrilled with their looks at this point, but this is the awkward stage too.
The Swedish Black roo I have is selectively aggressive, fine with me alone, but if I bring anyone in, he is aggressive. He is great with the chicks. The hen is a sweetie.