New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

cross bred chickens

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I currently have 34 chickens, 31 hens that are rhode island reds, new hampshire reds, silver and gold laced wyandottes, speckled sussex, easter eggers, buff orpingtons, and barred plymoth rocks, and 2 black cochins...

my question is, I have 3 black cochin roosters, they were supposed to be hens, but obviously I am getting fertilized eggs.  Is there any problem with trying to hatch any of these eggs?  I understand they will be mixed breeds with cochins being the father, but I didn't know if there was a reason NOT to hatch any eggs.

I've never hatched eggs before but I thought it might be cool for my kids.

Thoughts?

mom to 2 awesome boys (11,13); 1 yellow lab, Lucy; 1 Cavachon, Daisy; 3 barn cats, Polly, Delilah and Samson; and an ever changing number of fuzzy butts!! My darling husband of 14 years thinks I have lost my mind!! But he's the best for building me a beautiful coop!! I'm beginning to think I have a chicken problem...
Reply
mom to 2 awesome boys (11,13); 1 yellow lab, Lucy; 1 Cavachon, Daisy; 3 barn cats, Polly, Delilah and Samson; and an ever changing number of fuzzy butts!! My darling husband of 14 years thinks I have lost my mind!! But he's the best for building me a beautiful coop!! I'm beginning to think I have a chicken problem...
Reply
post #2 of 11

Nope! big_smile

Hatch away to your heart's content!

Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in both Largefowl and Bantam!  


Check out my site! HERE! Or click the text above!

I am a WOMAN!!  Correction, THE woman!

Reply

Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in both Largefowl and Bantam!  


Check out my site! HERE! Or click the text above!

I am a WOMAN!!  Correction, THE woman!

Reply
post #3 of 11

Hatch those eggs! Hatch those eggs! Hatch those eggs! yippiechickie

Had a Coyote raid and killed all my birds. He gets my chickens we get his head.
Reply
Had a Coyote raid and killed all my birds. He gets my chickens we get his head.
Reply
post #4 of 11

I have a few chicks whose father is a bantam cochin and the mothers are an australorp, a GLW, and a silver-spangled hamburg.  They're darling!  I can't wait to see how big they are as adults...

So far I think my cochin crosses are great.  They're around 13 weeks old.

Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
Reply
Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
Reply
post #5 of 11

Hatch them! With what you have, I would love to see what interesting mix comes out! I know that personally, I'm working on seeing what my splashy colored EE rooster will make when crossed with our SLW's, Brahmas, or Crested Polish. Either way, the coloring should at least be neat.

currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
Reply
currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
Reply
post #6 of 11

Hatch hatch hatch jumpy

Currently have some Orp/cochin crosses myself.


One thing I would recommend - Know what you are going to do with all the extra pullets and cockerels before you begin.  wink

Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
Reply
Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
Reply
post #7 of 11

Cochin daddys Rock!!  Go for it!!

A Lovely DH, 8 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 1 goat,  6 ducks, lots of chickens, 2 angels, 2 sharks, 1 tiger barb and in NO way interested in breeding human beings....
Reply
A Lovely DH, 8 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 1 goat,  6 ducks, lots of chickens, 2 angels, 2 sharks, 1 tiger barb and in NO way interested in breeding human beings....
Reply
post #8 of 11

I'd just hatch the cochin eggs. Can you tell them apart? My LF cochins lay really round eggs- easy to spot.

I do the same thing with my Sussex. I have an SS roo in my layer coop with lots of breeds. I just take the sussex eggs, (or maybe an orp egg here and there) because I know what to expect. And it's easier to place pure-bred roos if you have too many wink


Edited by Goose and Fig - 11/18/09 at 1:56pm
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less
-Socrates
Reply
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less
-Socrates
Reply
post #9 of 11

yes definatly,go to lowes,get a book called  keeping chickens,actually cross bred chickens are more productive layers and ,given maize(corn) are almost self basting table food and they also will go broody which the pure breds rarely do.

post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by sue ragan View Post

yes definatly,go to lowes,get a book called  keeping chickens,actually cross bred chickens are more productive layers and ,given maize(corn) are almost self basting table food and they also will go broody which the pure breds rarely do.



The cross-bred hens are more productive layers?

 

I am pretty sure that production white leghorns are the best white-egg layers and breeds like production reds and Golden Comets are the best brown-egg layers. These breeds are selectively bred. They don't just cross any breeds of chickens.

 

Where did you get your information about cross-bred hens being the most productive layers?

 

Maybe I misunderstand what you meant. Maybe you meant cross-bred chickens like Golden Comets. They call these hybrid breeds. But again, these are produced through selective breeding.

 

If you want hens for egg laying, you want white leghorns. They are the best egg layers. That is probably why most eggs in grocery stores are white.


Edited by Bullitt - 1/30/12 at 10:47am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General breed discussions & FAQ