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should i have the same number of breeds in my flock?

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Right now we only have 2 red star/ sexed link hens, after loosing some to sickness. We have never introduced new chickens to them before, and we are planning on getting 4 new baby chicks, so a total of six chickens, but we are wondering if we should get 4 new chicks, all the same breed, or would it be better to get 2 different breeds of 2 chickens each. We are deciding between golden laced wyandotte, or americanas, we cant get any red star chicks because they stopped offering them. so if you have any recommendations on breeds that would be great. We would like to get 2 americanas, and 2 golden laced wyandotte, but if it would cause less stress for the hens, we get 4 of the same breed new chicks. Thanks in advance!

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Heck get a 1 or 2 of each, they won't know they are different breeds and the different colors and much funner to look at
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Similar breeds sometimes stick together, but if everyone is different they won't care. There can be a problem if you try adding one polish or one silkie, crested breeds will often be singled out, so always get batches of those to minimize such problems.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Similar breeds sometimes stick together, but if everyone is different they won't care. There can be a problem if you try adding one polish or one silkie, crested breeds will often be singled out, so always get batches of those to minimize such problems.

Agree with this. 

 

As long as they're all production/dual purpose/layer/farm type birds, you can pretty much mix and match to your heart's content. Ornamentals can be difficult to add to a flock of production birds. 

 

You just need to be sure you have enough space for that many birds. 

 

Lots of different breeds (and mixed breeds) enjoying stall cleaning day!

 

 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thanks, I reasearched about that with polish breeds, Thanks for the info, I think i will go for 2 different breeds then! 

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