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Can one breed of chicken hatch a different breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rentajohn, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. rentajohn

    rentajohn Hatching

    Jan 9, 2012
    So I just purchased my first 3 chickens (1 barred rock, 1 RIR, 1 australorp) and the seller made a statement that I need some help understanding. All the chickens i purchased (approximately 5-6 months old now) as well as maybe a dozen others, hatched at the same time. Same time, same hen, same rooster, producing at least 4 different breeds. How is this possible? I know labs can give birth to puppies of different colors, is this the same principle? Thanks in advance for any insight you guys have.

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]. Sorry I can't answer your question I'm confused as well. [​IMG]
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    [​IMG] - No, it is not true. You can have two different breeds make a variety of mutts/hybrids from the same pair, or two mutts/hybrids make a big variety from the same pair, but a breed breeds true. Both in color and in type. A breed can come in different colors, but you don't get a bunch of colors from one same pairing. If you had the same rooster and the same hens all of one breed produce chicks, all the chicks should turn out relatively the same, unless your parents were mutts or of different colors.
  4. [​IMG]
    The statement doesn't ring a bell here, either. [​IMG]
  5. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

    Aug 14, 2011
    people use broodies to hatch out all sorts of different breeds example a silkie hen hatching out some bo, d'uccle, her own eggs, and bantam brahama. now as for that statement it seems like the seller is saying one hen with one rooster getting 4 different breeds from one single pair, that is not possable
  6. Perhaps they thought that RSLs are a breed?
  7. Eavadane

    Eavadane In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    A broody hen can hatch any other chickens eggs but one hen and one rooster bred together can not make 4 different breeds of chick.

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