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Cross Breeding??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamato8chicks, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. mamato8chicks

    mamato8chicks Just Hatched

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    This is not my intentions what so ever, we ended up with a bantam rooster and hen out of a straight run random pick with 6 confirmed pullet hens. Is it possible to crossbreed by accident with the rooster and other non bantam hens I have??

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    If the birds are housed together, yes, a rooster will gladly mate any hen that will let him.....regardless of whether either is bantam or large fowl.
     
  3. mamato8chicks

    mamato8chicks Just Hatched

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    Is it dangerous? Should I take steps to prevent??
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope. since your rooster is the little guy, he might not have great fertility with a big hen, but he'll sure have fun trying [​IMG]

    If you had a bantam hen and a large rooster, you might need to be concerned, but that's not the case here.

    If you wanted to hatch eggs next spring, you could set just the d'uccle hens' eggs and get pure bred birds, or you could set the big girl's eggs and have mixed breed babies. They'd make cute little mixes, just be aware any hatch is statistically 50% males, so you'd need to have a plan for them.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - with the bantam on the male side there isn't anything to worry about safety wise and there is no need to try to prevent mating.
     

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