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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: Hardy, fun mix of colors, great layers, mix and match to get what you want!

Cons: none!

This year we hatched a few eggs under a broody hen, and 1 of 12 hatched. Since her surrogate mama's name was Parakeet, we named her "daughter" Finch.

Finch was a buff orp/EE cross. She was the first of the other adopted chicks we got to start laying, and was a perfect combo of mom and dad. She was the best layer in the flock. She was such a beautiful chicken, and despite being hen raised, she was quite easy to tame. She was a very gentle chicken, and was bullied easily, but made up for that by roosting in the highest place possible, which of course, was the one place she wasn't supposed to. Unfortunately, we had to send her to heaven because she started to lose control of her neck; we think due to mareks. I will definitely be hatching more of my own mutts next year :D


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: Unique colors and personalities, often hardier, surprising at times.

Cons: Inconsistent results

While it is fun to see what you will get with backyard mixes or mutts, it is always a gamble. Often my favorites out of a flock are mixed breeds. It can be like Easter every day when gathering eggs, or learning personalities. One of the worries, would be that you may not get consistency when breeding. If you get something you really like, it may be very difficult to reproduce, as is the same for something you don't like and difficulty eliminating it. Barnyard mixes are always fun for me to raise.


Pros: Hardy, Generally good layers, Generally good for meat.

Cons: Cannot be shown, Less resale value.

I have several mutt birds, and they are all good layers, very friendly, and beautiful.


Pros: Unique, Can get some cool egg colors, Some are really friendly

Cons: No breed standard, Van't be shown, Hard to sell (especially roosters)

Some of my flock is mixed breeds. Depends what they are crossed, reflects on their personality. I have one pullet mutt, who likes to flog and growl. And then I have another mutt pullet, who knows several tricks and is quite friendly! Some crosses can be made to get olive colored eggs too. But, I love the colors on them. They are unique to that one chicken.


Pros: All kinds of colors and interesting combs/crest/beards.

Cons: Can be flighty.

This is my beautiful mixed breed chick!  She is one pretty baby.



And then this is my new mixed breed girl!   Probably has some Brahma in her.

Her name is Ana.



Pros: Different, one of a kind, sometimes cuddly!

Cons: Can be shown in poultry shows.

  I have hatched my first chickens this year and they were all mixes from my flock.

My favorite ones parents were (were meaning they both died the same day from a fox) Golden Laced polish Hen (mom). and a Black Copper Marans Rooster (dad)


The result is this, A BEAUTIFUL Mixed Hen! 



Blue feet (mama) fluffy feet (daddy) Feathers (daddy and mommy but mostly mommy)

Beard (mommy) crest (mommy) comb (daddy) Tail (mommy) body shape (mommy)

Nostrils (mommy) 


Pros: dual purpose, can be great layers of extra large pretty eggs

Cons: Can be difficult or almost impossible to find good homes for nice mixed breed roosters

    When I was a child there were two kinds of chickens.  Those that laid the white eggs found in stores and what we called brown egg layers.  These are the chickens I remember growing up, never realizing most "farm chickens" were mixed breeds, but they were great chickens.

   When I entered my teens I did get a small flock of Rhode Island Reds as a 4-H project, and although I bred them I thought of them as "brown eggs layers."

    Then as an adult, my husband got as our first flock of chickens about twenty birds containing two roosters from a farmer who was cutting back on his numbers.  We had this group for many years until they died out, namely because we didn't hatch any eggs.

    Later when we got more we got Rhode Island Red and later still I wanted something more unique, now that I realized that there were more than a few breeds of chickens, and researched breeds and settled on one.  Later another breed piqued my curiosity and I got some of those.

    We added a rooster as flock protector, but he wasn't the breed of any of my chickens.

     I accidently started raising mixed breeds.  There were a few breeds I wanted to try hatching but it was suggested I try my own eggs before I paid for any or had them shipped.  So I did.  With my own eggs I had a 100% fertility rate and hatched 29 of 30, one egg pipping but got moved before it could zip.

   I've discovered some real positives among the mixed breeds.  The breeder can breed for what she wants and what will benefit her program, not for a SOP.The mixes I have now lay large, rosy toned brown eggs and the hens are all laying by 4 to 4 and a half months old, and they rarely take a day off. The do go broody so next spring I am thinking of letting a hen do some hatching.

    I have a few young hens I've waiting for them to start laying, I think I might get khaki colored eggs and I'm also planning on hatching some of my rose toned eggs fathered by a rooster carrying the blue egg gene.  Will be interesting to see what that gives me.  Could I hope for pinkish lavender?

     These birds are also very hardy.

      The only drawback is it is hard to find good homes for really nice mixed breed roosters, although some have seen advantages to them and taken them as flock roosters.  They are good flock guardians, friendly, and it seems that many of their daughters, even when they were bred to a hen who started laying around the 6 month mark will produce daughters laying by 4.5 months so POL seems to be something the fathers can influence.

   Although I keep and breed purebreds, there are enough good attributes to the mixed breeds that I enjoy having them in my flock.

    Most of the people producing eggs in our area either have mixed flocks or have mixes in with their purebreds.

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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