I have two questions...
I recently lost a chicken to a neighbors dog. We are looking to replace it. I found someone local who has some three month old birds (mine are 15 1/2 weeks). The ones I have found are a cross between a female Americana/ bantam Cochin and a male Cuckoo Maran. Can anyone tell me what I can expect from this cross? Temperament, egg production, egg color, etc?
I have a 4x4 coop with external egg boxes and a large secure run. My birds are allowed to free range all day and are only confined to their run if we go out of town for a weekend. the five birds we have (now four) only ever go into the coop to sleep. My question is, with this set-up can I get away with six birds? I currently have two Black Australorps and two Buff Orpingtons. I am trying to decide whether I should get one or two of the mixes.
Being that the new bird(s) will be about the same age can I just bring it home and introduce it into the flock? Or am I going to need to keep it separate for a while?
I guess that is tree questions. Sorry.