Can I mix certain breeds of chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shannon0716, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. shannon0716

    shannon0716 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2014
    Hi Everyone!

    We are putting in an order this week for our chicks! Last year we had Guinea Hens (Never again! haha) So, after selling those to a friend last year, we are excited to introduce Chickens to our family :)

    We live in Northern New York, so cold winters, warm summers.

    So far I have narrowed down my wish list. I would like the following breeds:

    Plymoth Rocks
    Rhode Island Reds
    Buff Orpington (really, really want!!)

    We plan to keep these birds for egg laying and as pets.

    Would it be okay to mix these breeds and have them grown together in a flock?

    Much thanks in advance!!!
  2. barbiegirl

    barbiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2012
    The Poconos Pa
    Yes, yes and yes. I like having assorted breeds in my flock. They do tend (at least at my house) to hang out with their own breed.
  3. termites1938

    termites1938 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2015
    East Tennessee
    There are many people who raise mixed flock chickens. Mixed chickens generally do well together. To me it makes it more interesting to have different breeds. They are easier to tell apart and easier to tell which chicken laid which egg. The breeds you have selected should do well in the climate you live in.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Sounds like a nice visually diverse flock.

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