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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: 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.


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! ;)

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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