Are mutts bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nichole77, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that mutts are neat looking and can have unique features. I was thinking of adding a few. Not as breeding stock but just as some cool layers. But after reading some posts about breed quality I have to wonder if encouraging mutts is a bad idea.
     
  2. suenrob

    suenrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
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    I [​IMG] my mutts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares what others think!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. rjv_piper

    rjv_piper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out with mutts, and now I still have a bunch, and some pure breds. My mutts are bantam EE's.
     
  4. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many years ago I had a massacre, most all my chickens were killed by a wild pig. We killed the pig eventuality. But the thought of my pen staying empty for a year was too much.. My local feed guy told me of a old man who had too many chickens and he was giving them away! They were mutts and I loved them, had some great times.
     
  5. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hybrid Vigor!
     
  6. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mutt flock for eggs...wanted to see if I could hatch eggs before I spent alot of money on eggs... They are really pretty.
     
  7. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mutts lay beter eggs and are just as beautiful if not more beautiful
     
  8. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ALL NEW BREEDS were once mutts in ALL species!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    I think it depends on what your purposes are in having chickens. If you are developing breeds, or trying to get a specific trait, then mutts wouldn't work. But if you just want chickens for the fun of having them, and some eggs, mutts would be just fine. Mine are mutts, and I enjoy them just fine. I guess it depends on your intentions. [​IMG]
     
  10. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Think about it-every new breed had to be a cross! New chickens did not come out of eggs unless there were a couple of breeds involved.
     

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