Do some mixed breed laying hens never lay eggs?

AlaskaGrown

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...this may seem counterintuitive, but do some mixed breed laying hens, who have genetic traits of multiple breeds never lay eggs? This is more along the lines of breeding a horse and donkey and coming up with a pain in the ***...

Thanks for the help
 

Old Rando

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No, all breeds of chickens are the same species. An individual hen of any breed or cross might not lay due to various factors. Crossing them is not normally a problem..
 

donrae

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A horse and a donkey are different species. You can breed several different breeds of the same species and they reproduce just fine---hence the glut of "designer" (mixed breed) puppies in the US.

I've had hens that had at least 4 different breeds in them, and they're laying champs.
 

AlaskaGrown

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Ha! That makes perfect sense.

I have two hens that are a cross between a production red and an orpington. They have red heads, yellow bodies and as far as I can tell a huge appetite but seldomly lay eggs. Maybe the gals are a bit older than the seller had lead me to believe.
 
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