can this be done? raising different breeds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thewobsers, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. thewobsers

    thewobsers Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    near toledo ohio
    we have ordered 5 different breeds to raise from chicks.
    about 3-4 in each breed mostly pullets (17) and 3 roosters.
    the breeds are barred rock,delaware,RIR,black australorp,golden laced wyandott.
    Will they get along fine since they will be raised from chicks or will the breeds get to fighting each other?
    We tried to pick docile mild tempered breeds.
    We will have an 8 x 16 coop divided in half (2 coops).
    ANy experiences good or bad or advice?
    also my hubby wondered if its possible to plant anything in the runs that would be good for the chickens? not toxic.
  2. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Sounds like you've picked a great collection of chickens there. If they grow up together, they should have no problems getting along. Sometimes, if one looks really different than all the others, they will pick on its feathers (such as, one brown one in a batch of black chicks). But I don't think you'll have any trouble.

    Have fun!

    PS check sticky at the top of 'Feeding Time'. There is a list people have put together about plants chickens can eat with no side effects. There are lots of things you can plant....but they love them so much, they'll eat them to death very quickly :) Down at the bottom, past the 'chicken treats' there is a link to 'toxic plants'.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2008
  3. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    My missmatched ones are getting along fine so far. It will all depend on the individual animal. If they are raised together though, I think they'll be fine. There are too many cool breeds to just pick one anyway! Good luck with them!
    _miss Annie
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Different breeds get along just fine, I have 38 chickens, and a total of 19 different breeds including bantams. They all get along just fine. Some were raised to gether as chicks, and others were introduced later, as adults. I have never had a problem with different breeds fighting with others.
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    They will be fine. My 6 girls are of 5 different breeds and they do wonderful together. All the breeds you listed are fairly docile...the RIRs can be a little aggresssive at times but they are all babes growing up together so all should be well.
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I have 8 different breeds in my layer flock and they get along just fine.
  7. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Quote:It sounds like you picked a great variety of breeds to raise. I have 4 different varieties. I got them all as day old chicks. The only thing I was told about my RIR is to hold them more because they can be a little aggressive. So, we hold them a little more then everyone else.

    They should be great together! Have fun with them!
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Yup - they will be just fine together since they are being raised together.

    You picked some great breeds - you'll be very happy with them all I'm sure.

    We have one RIR and she's as sweet as can be and doesn't pick on or get picked on by the others.
  9. ChickadeeLover

    ChickadeeLover In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have 28 chicks all different breeds, colors, sizes and they do fine. good luck!
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    And, to address your other question, there are plenty of nontoxic things you can plant in your run, ALL of which will be completely wasted effort since the chickens will eat/scratch/dig/poop/squash them to death pretty much immediately and you'll be right back to bare dirt where you started [​IMG]


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