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Are all hybrids short living ?

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Hi, everyone just wondering if you have any info on if all chicken hybrids don't live as long as heritage chickens because I'm planning on a olive egger mix (Black copper maran and ameraucana mix) and I want to know if you knowbow.gifD.gifThanks

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As far as I know, Hybrid chickens live just as long as purebred chickens. smile.png

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

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Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken/rabbit care, showing and showmanship!

 

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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Originally Posted by BantamLover21 View Post

As far as I know, Hybrid chickens live just as long as purebred chickens. smile.png

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Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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Thanks for the info, the reason I asked is because sex-link chicken hybrids and some other serious daily laying hybrids only live to be about two a lot of the time 

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Originally Posted by Zimbamo View Post

Thanks for the info, the reason I asked is because sex-link chicken hybrids and some other serious daily laying hybrids only live to be about two a lot of the time 

I think that is probably because sex-linked hybrids have been selectively bred by commercial egg-production companies to lay a lot of eggs in a short period of time. The strain of laying so many eggs causes hybrid egg-layers put so much energy into egg production that they live a shorter amount of time than other chickens (of course, commercial hens are usually killed at 1-2 years of age when their production decreases, so they never really get a chance to live very long). In a normal small-flock cross (like what you are doing), the difference in life expectancy between purebred chicken and crossed chicken is likely to be minimal. 

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken/rabbit care, showing and showmanship!

 

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, Champagne D'Argent and American Sable rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken/rabbit care, showing and showmanship!

 

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
 Then leaf subsides to leaf

As Eden sank to grief...
Nothing gold can stay.
--Robert Frost

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