can you let chickens breed with different breeds

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by audrey02026, May 23, 2011.

  1. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    6
    111
    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    Ok so I bought 8 baby chicks that were supposed to be all females. I ended up with one male....that I know of. I have 2 RIR pullets, 2 barred rock pullets, 2 golden comet pullets and 1 black astralorp pullet. So my questions are: what would I end up wit if he did breed with the different pullets, what age do they actually breed, is it ok for him to breed with different breeds, is 7 females and one male ok to have. I know these may sound like stupid questions but I'm very new to this and just want to make sure do things the right way. Thanks for all your help.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,723
    9,233
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You will end up with a nice flock of crossbred egg layers and meat birds. The ratio of 7 hens to 1 rooster may be a little low, but it all depends upon the rooster. If you notice that there is excessive wear and tear on your hens you can separate the rooster out until you want fertile eggs. Understand that if you start hatching chicks you will have roughly 50% cockerels and will need a mechanism for controlling their numbers.
     
  3. Sure the rooster will breed with all the girls. Depending on what breed he is and the breed he mates with you will get a mix. Mixes are sometimes beautiful. The purity is surely lost when this happens but sounds like you would be ok with that. One rooster for 10 to 15 hens is good enough in my humble opinion.
     
  4. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    945
    3
    161
    Feb 20, 2007
    Winchester Kentucky
    Your questions are ones that we hear all the time and good ones at that. If you do not care that any chicks hatched from your eggs will not be pure breeds then it is perfectly OK to keep the flock that you have. Mixed breed birds usually are more hardy than most pure breeds and you can get some very interesting colors. You didn't mention the breed of the male. If we knew what breed he is we might be able to tell you what types of crosses you could end up with from your flock. 7 hens per 1 rooster is a good ratio for high fertility. The male will try to start mating the pullets between 12 and 16 weeks, but the pullets usually are a bit slower to mature.
     
  5. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    6
    111
    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    Wow can't believe that I forgot to say the male is a white plymouth rock. One more question...does anyone have an opionion on weather white rock roosters are mean or usually nice? I have no issues yet but he is only about 9 weeks old.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,723
    9,233
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Rooster temperment varies from individual to individual. One word of advice would be to not make a pet of him. Maintain boundaries between him and you. Making pets of the pullets is fine, but treat him like a "chicken."
     
  7. Chicken Boy-17

    Chicken Boy-17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    123
    0
    89
    May 23, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    i agree with sourland
     
  8. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,790
    13
    163
    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    Why does it help to not make a pet of the roo? In case he's a jerk and you have to cull him? So he doesn't take advantage of you?
     
  9. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    6
    111
    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    Thanks for the advice. I actually don't really treat any of them like pets I don't think. I let them out of the coop when I get home and I sit and watch them run around. I give them treats but I put them in the coop and walk away. I do talk to them but only while I'm cleaning their water and coop and such. I never hold them or anything like that.
     
  10. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    6
    111
    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    Honestly just asking these questions because I just found out he was a roo....never wanted a rooster and not really sure I want chicks. Just curious about what would happen if I keep him.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by