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Chickenfan4life

Mixed Breeds: Useful Chickens

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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.  
CarolinaHen

Baladi are amazing mixed breeds!

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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. 
PeepersMama

Fun to have

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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...
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pidgey104

Great Birds

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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.
bullrunslabs

Unique, always fun to see.

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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.
widelacing

Good utility birds

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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.
Peep-Chicken

Very Unique Varieties

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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.
lightchick

Love all the variety!

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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.  
ShelbyCoral

I love my mixed breeds!!

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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) 
dekel18042

Many many good points

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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...
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