cross bred chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mener6896, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. mener6896

    mener6896 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    I currently have 34 chickens, 31 hens that are rhode island reds, new hampshire reds, silver and gold laced wyandottes, speckled sussex, easter eggers, buff orpingtons, and barred plymoth rocks, and 2 black cochins...

    my question is, I have 3 black cochin roosters, they were supposed to be hens, but obviously I am getting fertilized eggs. Is there any problem with trying to hatch any of these eggs? I understand they will be mixed breeds with cochins being the father, but I didn't know if there was a reason NOT to hatch any eggs.

    I've never hatched eggs before but I thought it might be cool for my kids.

  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Nope! [​IMG]

    Hatch away to your heart's content!
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Hatch those eggs! Hatch those eggs! Hatch those eggs! [​IMG]
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I have a few chicks whose father is a bantam cochin and the mothers are an australorp, a GLW, and a silver-spangled hamburg. They're darling! I can't wait to see how big they are as adults...

    So far I think my cochin crosses are great. They're around 13 weeks old.
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Hatch them! With what you have, I would love to see what interesting mix comes out! I know that personally, I'm working on seeing what my splashy colored EE rooster will make when crossed with our SLW's, Brahmas, or Crested Polish. Either way, the coloring should at least be neat.
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Hatch hatch hatch [​IMG]

    Currently have some Orp/cochin crosses myself.

    One thing I would recommend - Know what you are going to do with all the extra pullets and cockerels before you begin. [​IMG]
  7. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Cochin daddys Rock!! Go for it!!
  8. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I'd just hatch the cochin eggs. Can you tell them apart? My LF cochins lay really round eggs- easy to spot.

    I do the same thing with my Sussex. I have an SS roo in my layer coop with lots of breeds. I just take the sussex eggs, (or maybe an orp egg here and there) because I know what to expect. And it's easier to place pure-bred roos if you have too many [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  9. sue ragan

    sue ragan New Egg

    Jan 30, 2012
    yes definatly,go to lowes,get a book called keeping chickens,actually cross bred chickens are more productive layers and ,given maize(corn) are almost self basting table food and they also will go broody which the pure breds rarely do.
  10. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    The cross-bred hens are more productive layers?

    I am pretty sure that production white leghorns are the best white-egg layers and breeds like production reds and Golden Comets are the best brown-egg layers. These breeds are selectively bred. They don't just cross any breeds of chickens.

    Where did you get your information about cross-bred hens being the most productive layers?

    Maybe I misunderstand what you meant. Maybe you meant cross-bred chickens like Golden Comets. They call these hybrid breeds. But again, these are produced through selective breeding.

    If you want hens for egg laying, you want white leghorns. They are the best egg layers. That is probably why most eggs in grocery stores are white.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012

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