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Pros: Beautiful, Sometimes Good Layers, All Unique

Cons: Can't Be Shown in Poultry Shows

Mixed Breed chickens, otherwise known as Barnyard Mutts, Mutts, or Crossbreeds, are perhaps the most useful of chickens, depending on what breeds contributed to them.


Mixed Breeds that are a cross between, say, a Leghorn and a Gold Sexlink, would most likely produce offspring that would be good layers, if hens, and possibly could be sexed at hatch time. Mixed Breeds are not recognized, and therefore cannot be shown in poultry shows.


But they are a nice variation to add to any backyard or barnyard.  


Pros: Great layers, good foragers, wonderful mothers

Cons: Cannot be shown

The word "Balad" means village or a small town. Baladi - from the village / of the village. These are chickens that are a mix of at least three different dual purpose breeds.  These chickens are typically indigenous to a particular area and are therefore more suitable to the particular climate.  They make wonderful additions to any flock as they provide lots of eggs, beauty, and entertainment.  They may come in any color, size, or comb shape. 


Pros: Less illness, great broodys,

Cons: Hard to sell. Everyone wants RIRs and Dominckers (Their word not mine ) LOL

Never had problems with mean roosters. My free range Lontails are the best. They are made up of all kind of longtails breeds. Pheonix, Yokahoma, Spangled game, and such. rooster are real pretty to look at. hens are great layers and broodys. have to thin down the free range flock once a year because they have soooo many babays. If you pull up into the yard all come running to get bread. rooster and hens will walk right under your feet so you have to watch or you'll step on them LOL.


Pros: Mine are hardy, great layers, prone to broodiness and great mothers, the right combos gives you sex links

Cons: results are sometimes less predictable

I like eggs, I like unique, I like variety and I like broody mamas.  I get all of that with my mixed breed hens.  I have purebred girls too and I love my whole flock but these girls are two of the most valuable birds on our place because of their broodiness.  They are nearly daily layers when not broody..even through the winter.   If I want to add a certain breed I know I can buy hatching eggs, give them to these girls and they will hatch and raise a brood for me.  I can keep/sell or eat what they provide for me and my family. 


All broody hens get mixed local eggs the first go around and it is fun to see what hatches from those. Don't shy away from mixed eggs.  You will have a unique hatch of lovely chicks who will prove to be a lovely, entertaining and useful addition to your flock.


I have beautiful little sex linked little ones right now.  The girls will be good layers the boys will be tasty.


Pros: Lay well, some very pretty, varried appearance

Cons: Sometimes aggressive, hard to sell

I have four two year old mix breeds. Two white hens, Winter and Snowflake, a black and red hen with a crest, Raven, and a white hen with a crest, Harmony. Originally I also had two other chickens: Beauford the half-blind white crested cockerel and Mocha the brown-speckled white pullet.


The first four hens are still doing very well and laying very well with their only real break being their late molt. Beauford was a fine chicken other than his blindness until he turned against Harmony. The family didn't have the heart to kill him, so we gave him away. Mocha on the other hand had died from egg binding when I was away from home. She was a very beautiful and friendly chicken, and it was sad when she passed.


Pros: Lays big green eggs, great forager, good looking birds

Cons: None that I can think of

We mixed a White Leghorn with an Easter Egger, outcome is what we call the Legger. They are a friendly breed that lays large green eggs and forages very well.

They have an all white feathered body with some dots here and there, a very pretty breed. Nice thing about mutts is you never know what you're gonna get. All adventorous breeders should have a Legger! ;)


Pros: Exciting to hatch due to the 'unknown'! Can be great layers...

Cons: Mix the right breeds due to needed purpose..

I had a American Game Rooster, and Austrolorp, White Leghorn, Red Sex Link, Barred Rock, and RIR hens all ful blooded. The mixture has been wonderful!  Never know what the chicks will grow up to look like!  But, I sell eggs. So making sure to clarify which eggs come from which hen helped me decide which eggs to hatch, use or sell.  I have had all temperaments, attitudes, and colors. Though I will say like sticks to like... ones with similar feathering flock together, so any odd ball being left out I try to buy a breed to keep her with pals.  I also find it better to use roos for meat and buy new ones each season to keep the inbreeding down...grosses me out. Main hens and Roo still only stick to one another. But my kids lOVE the variety I have, but selling them can be complicated.  I will be adding some Black Cornish and more Rocks to this years hens for more meat... it is only moderate but the laying continues throughout the year a minimum of 300 eggs per year per hen.


Pros: Good egg-layers, more disease-resistant

Cons: None!

Most of my chickens are mixed breeds. They're great birds.


Pros: Great looking chicks, good caretakers

Cons: Non-aggressive

I only list non-aggressive con because I own roosters to protect my hens, not to outrun them at the first sign of a threat. I simply prefer protective roosters.

That aside, my two mixed roo's constantly alert my hens to new food and give up their own food to them, going so far as to spit the food back out for a hen. They are not cuddly pets, and get along with each other, but have tried to kill (and once have) other roo's.

My neighbor bred them to her RIR and Orpingtons, and the chicks came out like the roo's: black and feathered legs. wink.png


Pros: Usually good to great layers, Broody and will hatch anything at any time, great at avoiding predators, never sick,

Cons: Can't show in poultry class, Not many people want them

I have had a few "mutt" chickens. They were good at avoiding predators and live for ages! I have a 6 year old mix hen and she still lays and can fly and avoid predators like you would not believe. She is my only original chicken that has been free range the her entire lifetime and lasted through thick and thin. Survived a coon slaughter in her first year at my friends house. Out of 50 chickens 48 were killed by 2 coons in one night. She made it out. Has been very wily and will roost high in trees but puts down eggs for us. Survived outside in winter. 



If your not into showing mix breeds are a great way to go! Many are very pretty birds! They are also very hearty.

mixed breed

Mixed breeds I think tend to be more hardy, lay, and breed better.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg Colorvaries
Breed Temperamentvaries
Breed Colors/Varietiesany
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassOther Standard Breeds
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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