Can we have too many breeds to start?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mkcolls, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. mkcolls

    mkcolls Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    This is our first time ordering chicks and there are too many that have the traits that we like - also the colors so are beautiful. Can we have too many breeds to start? We are watching temperament and hardiness as well.
    Finally, hopefully not totally stupid questions. Do we have to have a cock for each breed? And will the cock from one breed only mate with its like hens?

    Can't wait in Ohio [​IMG]
  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Nope, have as many breeds as you like.
    No, just a roo for every 4-10 hens. A roo will go for whichever gal is available. Must be a guy thing [​IMG]
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Nope, have as many breeds as you like.
    No, just a roo for every 4-10 hens. A roo will go for whichever gal is available. Must be a guy thing [​IMG]

  4. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    You can have as many breeds as you like. If you want to see the same breeds in the offspring you do have to have a cock for each and pen them separately. Otherwise you will end up a with a bunch of barnyard mix aka mutts and very few purebred chicks.
  5. pixiedouglas

    pixiedouglas Songster

    mix breeds can be fun though! I've got a co-worker who has a white silkie hen and an Easter Egger rooster. Ended up with three chicks that look like feather dusters!
  6. mkcolls

    mkcolls Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    Thanks for the help, we are ready to order and can't wait. We plan to keep breeds separated, as much as possible, as we would like to breed our own, but we will love them all.
  7. carladababe

    carladababe Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I have 5 Easter Eggers, 2 Black Jersey Giants, 2 Delawares, and 2 Barred Rock. I used the breed select offered by BYC to help me choose the breeds that are more suited to my area, the frequency/size/color of eggs to expect, layers or meat birds, chickens that are more prone to broodiness, and the temperment I would enjoy. So far at 2 1/2 weeks old all get along, under red light rarely pecking at each other and for the most part they sleep next to each. All are friendly, the BR, JG and Dels are brave enough to let me touch them without running for their lives. The Easter Eggers are a little more shy. All are seem friendly enough, one of the dels has taken a particular liking to my diamond wedding ring. I choose a big variety mainly for the color and size of the eggs. This is a great forum that has helped me ALOT, since I am a newbie to chickens. I am having tons of fun, maybe I'm just easy to amuse. Enjoy.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  8. yoie

    yoie Songster

    Quote:Nope, we have 14 chicks; 11 different breeds and one is our rooster. Plus we have 7 more coming of assorted breed bantams! My kids helped pick out our flock and its nice having a nice mix of color and shape in the coop [​IMG]

    edited to add: if you look at my signature you can see all the breeds we picked, most are for eggs but a few were just for color!!
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  9. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    Sometimes stuff just happens. Chickens are pretty hardy especially if the coop and grounds are kept clean and the waterers and food source is clean. They will stay well if you practice good habits like not bringing home new chickens and not quarantining them. And if you make sure you have "coop"shoes so you are not tracking other things that can make them sick.

    They still have issues. I lost one who got startled at night and flew into the coop door and broke her neck, lost one to a hawk, two to a dog, two to being egg bound, a few to some mystery illness that made them lame, I was stupid and accepted a chicken that I thought was mine but wasn't and I didn't realize it until the next day and that chicken gave the rest some kind of respitory cold thing. I had to put two down due to illness with no improvement. Stuff just happens. I found that keeping them draft free was better health wise that keeping them in a heated environment. I have 34 chickens all kinds of breeds and sizes mixed in the flock of which 8 are roos.

    Buy and use the apple cidar vinagar in the water and the diatemacious earth

    Worm them and bleach out the coops when you can.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Most of us on this board have mixed breed flocks. The birds don't know they're different breeds and yes, a roo will mate with any hen. If you want purebred babies, you need a roo that's the same breed as the hen, and keep her from any other roosters. And you don't need a rooster for the hens to lay eggs, either. Have fun with your birds!

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