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Are all hybrids short living ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Zimbamo, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Zimbamo

    Zimbamo Out Of The Brooder

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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 know[​IMG][​IMG]Thanks
     
  2. BantamLover21

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    As far as I know, Hybrid chickens live just as long as purebred chickens. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Zimbamo

    Zimbamo Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
  5. BantamLover21

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    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.
     

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