Does it matter the breed of hen and rooster when breeding? -newbie question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kuulgrl, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    We are going to have 3 isa browns and 3 red laying hens (not too sure on this breed).

    Does it matter what kind of rooster we get?

    We really want to get a Barred rock rooster just because they are beautiful. The chicks are just for our kids to experience everything.

    (I did a search for this but didn't come up with much, sorry if this is a repeat)
     
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as a rule of thumb any rooster will give you fertile eggs. however you dont need a rooster for the hens to lay, that is a common misconception. a rhode island red or new hampshire red rooster (not the isa browns)over a barred hen will produce a sex link, male chicks will have white dots on their heads.
     
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  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Unless you are trying to breed something specific, it doesn't matter one whit which type of rooster you have in your flock. :)

    I have an extremely varied & mixed flock, mostly because I have several hens of specific breeds with a couple different, mixed breed roosters. The resulting chicks are even more mixed. I've got bantams and large fowl, clean & feather-legged, an sometimes it is fun to try to guess which rooster fathered them.
     
  4. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The statement that loveourbirds made regarding sex link hybrids is not correct. You cannot make sex link hybrids with a barred male and red female. It MUST be a red male and barred female.
     
  5. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you are right, thank you for the correction LOL, sometimes my fingers get ahead of my brain. corrected original post so it wont confuse anyone.
     
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  6. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure most of us have done that friend.
     
  7. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    I figured, just wanted to ask and verify. ;-)

    We picked up the first 3 yesterday and picking up the other 3 tomorrow. Still on the lookout for a rooster, but not rushing. I knew I didn't need a rooster for the hens to lay. I don't know how I knew, but it never even crossed my mind. LOL

    The whole family is excited to have the chickens here! Husband has been out there picking them up to get them used to him. My daugher is catching the grasshoppers and tossing them in the coop. And my son squeals every time he gets to pet one. LOL
     
  8. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think chickens could be the key to world peace! i do have one daughter who is afraid of the larger chickens and turkeys, but the other daughters will sit on the swing and watch them for hours.
     

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