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Difference between hatching purebred or mixed chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MagsC, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I havent been doing this very long but in my limited experience, it seems as if the mixed have a less difficult time of making it out of the egg? Any ideas why that might be so?
    Just curious!
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree that my mutts are always the first to hatch. It's that hybrid vigor.
  3. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    They get the best of both varieties! Or the best of the Heinz57 varieties that they have in them! Survival of the fittest!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. SGM

    SGM Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    Ever heard of hybrid vigor? That's a good thing. I think mixed breed animals tend to thrive as opposed to purebreds due to limited genepool as well as physical requirements. Most animals are bred for a look, not a function so the purebreds tend to faulter from it. I'm talking about all animals too.
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    It really depends. If the breed of purebred has a limited gene pool and/or do not come from a good breeder who also breeds for health and function beyond the latest trends then they are more likely to have problems than mixes. If the purebreds come from a good breeder with a good gene pool they are less likely to have problems than mixes. Same possibilities with the mixed breeds. You have just as much chance of offspring being born from a mix that have all the bad genetics from both breeds as the good ones but usually people with mixes aren't breeding for a specific trait. Instead they are just taking the healthiest animals that survive the easiest and letting the rest go because that's all they are interested in. If the same was applied to a purebred with only keeping the ones that survive the best instead of breeding for specific traits that don't help the breed then you would have just as hardy of purebreds. Unfortunately humans tend to interfere too much and breed for traits that aren't helpful while ignoring the bad and including weak individuals in their breeding programs just because they have the color or look that is desireable.

    I got a purebred dog from a good breeder in order to avoid genetic and health problems and to have a healthier longer lived animal. But I spent a year looking for a good breeder and researching. Some people specifically get mutts because they have only dealt with poor breeders or don't know how to find a good one so they've only seen weaker purebreds than mutts. It really comes down to the breeding program and how responsible the breeder is not just the specific breed or mix.

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