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Crossing a Barred rock hen with... any ideas on good matches?

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I'm looking to expand my flock, i do want more hens and a roo but i want to get some cool crosses out of it. any ideas? i like calm breeds and duel perpose. i like jersey giants but i'm not for sure yet if thats what i'll add.

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If you want to get Black Stars or Black Sex-link hybrids, then use a Rhode Island Red Rooster.

When your chicks hatch they will be fuzzy black chicks, they males should have a white dot on their heads, and the females should be solid black. 

When they mature, the females will be black with lighter, redish feathers at the neck, and the males--- I think look like Barred Rocks.  They will lay lots of brown eggs, be docile and friendly and some folks consider them a meatier bird than the Red Sex-link which tends to be a little smaller/lighter.

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Here's a link to my BYC blog of sorts http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings

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Australorp rooster will give you a sex-link that is calm, quiet, and a terrific layer. Should help add a good disposition too. May be a little harder to find, but worth the effort. .......stan

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Thanks good ideas! If anyone has anymore ideas i'd love to hear them. wink

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Originally Posted by AnimalCrazed 

I'm looking to expand my flock, i do want more hens and a roo but i want to get some cool crosses out of it. any ideas? i like calm breeds and duel perpose. i like jersey giants but i'm not for sure yet if thats what i'll add.


i like the idea of crossing the barred rock hen with the jersey giant i think when my pullets start laying i will give it a try ive got 2 barred rock pullets 6 jersey giant pullets and a jersey giant rooster but they are only 7 weeks old
now so it will be some time yet but if you do cross them take some pics so that we can see what they look like

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Hi!  I think Jersey Giant would make a nice cross.  Another fun cross would be to Ameraucana (or Green-Egger / easter egger) or a Naked Neck.  With either (unless they are barred), you'd get barred males and not-barred females and could tell gender at hatch (by the head-spot).  I think a LF Cochin and Barred Rock would be a great cross.
Good luck!
smile
Lisa

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Black/Blue Ameraucana, Black/Splash/Blue Frizz-'Aucana, Cuckoo-'Aucana, Black/Splash/Blue/Barred Rock, Naked Necks bantam & LF frizzled/blue/barred/green-egger, etc.  Chocolate, black, blue Muscovy ducks.

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