Breed compatibility: New Hampshire/Barred Rock

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    I recently acquired a New Hampshire Red Rooster from a reputable source at a local swap meet. He is currently in isolation for at least a couple weeks as a precaution. My intent was to breed my own black, and eventually red sex links. I am planning on replenishing my aging layer flock while mostly cooking excess cockerals (for soups and such). Should I expect to be able to keep him with breeds like Barred or white Plymouth rocks, or should I plan on keeping him separate, except for breeding. My layer flock consists of Barred Rocks, Whiting True Blues, Red Sex-Links, Brown Leghorns, and a Minorca. Just wondering if I should build a new enclosure while he is in quarantine. Thanks in advance for your replies, I am finding this site to be a valuable resource.
     
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    If I have posted this question in the wrong area, please let me know. THANKS!
     
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    [​IMG] Here is a photo of him.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Keeping different breeds together is most often not an issue.
    Adding/integrating new birds to an existing flock, no matter the breed, can most definitely cause problems due to territoriality issues.

    Adding a single mature and well mannered male to a flock of females is probably the easiest integration.

    Do you already have another cockbird (I'm thinking a black one?) in residence?
    That would probably necessitate separate quarters due to fighting as well your breeding goals.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Good guess on the rooster, I have a year-and-a-half-old black Minorca that has been separated from the layer flock for about 2 weeks. He was becoming overly aggressive with the hens, packing and causing stressing my flock. He has already been given separate accommodation.
     
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    I have not had a problem in the past integrating Birds from separate flocks. My son shows several chickens at the County 4-H Fair, I find this a very opportune time to combine Birds since the pecking order is already disrupted by the removal of coop mates. I usually add them to the roost while they are sleeping. I have read, the birds of different sizes will not always get along. The New Hampshire seems to be a much larger bird, but then again, he is about to inherit a fairly large harem. I asked, because I generally try to think things through fairly well before I make changes concerning my chickens.
     
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    My Minorca "Raven" @ the fair last year.
     
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    That's good...thus my clarifier "can". [​IMG]
    It's not always a problem, depends on many variables...lots of space probably being a key aspect.

    Since you already have experience and understand keeping a mix of breeds together, pecking orders, integration, etc.
    You'll probably not have too much trouble figuring out how to house your project birds....not really sure just what your question is.

    I guess if I wanted to do crosses with 2 different males, I would have 2 or 3 separate housing areas for options an flexibility.
     
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    I will only be using the New Hampshire for crosses. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with keeping these roosters in a mixed flock with smaller (but still standard) sized birds. I am not opposed to keeping him separate and breeding him when necessary, I just like to have a game plan, and hate having to build things at the last minute. I like to learn from other peoples experiences as much as possible. Perhaps the size difference is not enough to be a problem. I keep my Phoenix's separate because of the size difference and pecking. I try to keep their feathers nice to show.
     

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