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So, exited about the arrival of a great new farm called Grade eh that ships heritage chickens in Canada that I have been looking for for forever, I've decided to get two of there chickens, a laying and drop dead gorgeous breed called the Spitzhaubin and a meat bird called the Maline. You've probably not heard of either of them (but you really should have!!!), but thats not important. The important thing is that I am going to be breeding these birds as I do not want to go broke to keep buying them over and over. Though I will be keeping the birds in separate houses, I let my chickens free range even if there destined for the stew pot, as I find it gives the bird better tasting meat and a fuller life, however short. I just don't want these birds to interbreed, and don't have much experience with roosters in general and if they stick to there own groups or are going to go to war even if they have a fair sized flock of there own.


ooooh I've heard of both of them they are beautiful you could use a split coop and do two runs to keep them separate and switch out who gets to free range every day or switch twice a day so both groups get to free range

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by chicklover 1998 View Post
 


The mutts of the chicken world are the healthiest because they have the diversity of genetics  vs. the inbreeding, line breeding etc. that breeds of chickens are required sometimes to keep the breed pure

 

 

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I've hatched mixed breeds for several years. A rooster will breed any hen, they don't recognize breeds, they only recognize female chicken :). I've done this for several generations, starting with hatchery stock, and had great results. 

 

As a bonus in my opinion, I hatch out birds that don't look like anyone else's! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the beauty of a well bred purebred animal. But, I've had some chickens that are pretty unique and I like that. Don't want to get lost in the crowd, you know ;)

 

 

Thanks to you both!  I knew that they would definitely mate, just didn't know if the hatched chicks would be healthy in the long run.  Thanks so much for the helpful info… no separate coops for us!  Yay :)

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Originally Posted by chicklover 1998 View Post
 


The mutts of the chicken world are the healthiest because they have the diversity of genetics  vs. the inbreeding, line breeding etc. that breeds of chickens are required sometimes to keep the breed pure

 

 

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Originally Posted by donrae View Post
 

I've hatched mixed breeds for several years. A rooster will breed any hen, they don't recognize breeds, they only recognize female chicken :). I've done this for several generations, starting with hatchery stock, and had great results. 

 

As a bonus in my opinion, I hatch out birds that don't look like anyone else's! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the beauty of a well bred purebred animal. But, I've had some chickens that are pretty unique and I like that. Don't want to get lost in the crowd, you know ;)

 

 

Thanks to you both!  I knew that they would definitely mate, just didn't know if the hatched chicks would be healthy in the long run.  Thanks so much for the helpful info… no separate coops for us!  Yay :)

oh yes good luck with your flock

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