Does the rooster have to be the same breed as the hen?

chicken phan

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 27, 2009
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0
22
Northfield, MN
Was wondering if the rooster has to be the same breed as the hens to successfully hatch eggs? I'm new to incubating and to this site. Thanks all!


chicken phan
 

mom2chicksandpups

Songster
10 Years
Apr 18, 2009
1,000
10
159
Southeast Alabama
No. You can mix any breeds that you want, but the offspring just won't be pure bred. I loved mixed breed chickens, personally. Sometimes they are beauties!
 
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gocrow77

Crow's Nest
10 Years
May 13, 2009
1,174
8
163
Central MO
Don't be so sure. My Light Brahma LF roo has taken a REAL liking to a gold laced bantam cochin I have. When I first saw him "dance" and then breed her I was shocked and amazed that he did not hurt her and that she didn't run for the hills to boot - I would have. He is at least 5 times her size. He is very gentle with her. Now his 4 light brahma hens he basicly grabs and mounts whenever he wants. He romances the little bantam hen by dancing and struting in front of her first and she always submits before he even trys to mount her. I have one egg from this pair that I just set in the incubator the other day - hoping it hatches so I can see the results, lol. Should be interesting!
 

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
5,542
42
271
SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
Personally, I would not want a rooster that was not the same breed as my hens. When the hens got older and needed to be replaced, I would not want to take a chance on what kind of chickens I'd end up with when I hatched the crossed eggs. I bought the breed that I like and wanted to stick with because of their temperament.
 

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