Breeding Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lg2006, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. lg2006

    lg2006 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2018
    Hey guys!
    I have a flock of 9 currently
    - 2 Welsummer
    - 2 Crested Leghorns
    - 1 Brahama
    1- Cuckcoo Maran
    - 1 Frizzle Bantam Rooster
    - 1 Bantam Cochin
    - 1 Supposed Buff Orpington but she is small so probably not true

    My question is.. my Cukcoo Maran has gone broody and I am trying to decide between letting her try and hatch or discouraging her behavior. Will she be able to have fertile eggs if the rooster is bantam? Anything I should be worried about with the cross breeding ( if it is even possible) ?
  2. orrpeople

    orrpeople Grading essays - be back soon!

    Jun 15, 2016
    State of Jefferson
    I would check other eggs for fertility, from the same flock. Check for the "bullseye" in the blastocyst. This will let you know if your little bantam boy has been doing his job. :)
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  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA


    Though I admit, that if I knew any chicks were going to be half bantam cochin, half large fowl layer, I probably wouldn't hatch them. I love my cochin banties, but I wouldn't want to deal with both the resulting roosters and with small, inefficient egg layers that are constantly broody.
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  4. lg2006

    lg2006 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2018
    That was super helpful! Thank you for the picture and the info. I had not thought about it like that.
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