Different breeds breeding?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by NicInNC, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it uncommon for different breeds to breed?

    For instance if my chickens were all free rangers and if I had all silkies and polish, would the silkies and polish ever try to breed with each other?

    Gosh, I hope this isn't the dumbest question ever. [​IMG]
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yep, they'll breed with each other. They don't discriminate [​IMG]
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    And all your eggs that you hatch will be mixed barnyard variety not pure. If you plan to have pure eggs for hatching never let them in the same pens or out free ranging together.
     
  4. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

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    Its not dumb to ask! They do not care who's who! My brahma is with my polish, just doesn't seem right, he is so big! [​IMG]
     
  5. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:Unless your male just happens to breed his breed's corresponding hen...

    If you have a polish cockerel running around with polish hens and others, there's ALWAYS a chance you could get pure birds...
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I was reading it as 2 complete breeding flocks running together. You can never be sure if you have both breeds of rooster mating a random assortment of hens. If you only have the one rooster sure the matching hens will produce pure eggs.
     
  7. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age can they become fertile?
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    At 3 - 4 months I have had fertile cockerals.
     
  9. shaylee

    shaylee Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have a teeny tiny little bantie cochin that breeds with the big girls all the time. He doesnt care at all. Like some kind of freak chicken rodeo.

    The only dumb questions are the ones we dont ask.
     
  10. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a teeny tiny little bantie cochin that breeds with the big girls all the time. He doesnt care at all. Like some kind of freak chicken rodeo.

    The only dumb questions are the ones we dont ask.

    LOL the lady who owns the local petting zoo they have a HUGE jersey giant hen, and a teensy little black Japanese bantam roo. they produce fertile eggs that she has hatched. i plan on buying a few from her to hatch, just to see for myself what the offspring look like XD
     
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