eggs and a question regarding crosses

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JDH, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. JDH

    JDH In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2007
    I've never had any interest in hatching my own eggs but I just recently lost my speckled sussex hen (Dot) to a hawk. She has been laying eggs now for about a month and well...the day she was killed she left me an egg. I have a mille fleur roo and did not know if it was frowned upon to potentially hatch "mutts". I am hoping that the egg is fertile but if this is uncouth, please let me know. I gave the egg to a friend who is hatching some other eggs to put in her incubator for me. The idea of having a "Dot" chick running around did make me feel better but again, not sure if this is a good thing or not to do. If it's okay, has anyone had a cross as this? I have yet to figure out how "Boots", my roo, actually accomplishes fertilizing an egg b/c frankly, it just looks like he's playing leap frog.
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It's perfectly fine for you to hatch your "mutt" egg. Nothing wrong with mutt chickens....they lay good eggs too! [​IMG]
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I don't see anything wrong with your idea. I plan on putting eggs under broody hens this spring.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I have a total of 7 pure bred chickens. All the rest are mutts, 2 and 3 generation ones. Nothing wrong with crosses, often they are hardier than the pure bred ones. Some very popular chicken are mutts. Sexlinks and even your store cornish x is a mutt. Shoot, the entire chicken meat production in the us is based on that cornish x mutt! Hatch away!
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    I want to hatch some of my mutt chickens once they start laying.
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    It's certainly okay to hatch mutts. [​IMG] I have eleven of them myself! I hope yours is fertile and hatches for you! It is possible for a bantam roo to cover a standard hen, I have a black star hen that hatched babies and the only roosters around were some bantam game birds.
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    "Mutt" Chickens can be the best layers ever!!...When I've decided no more pure pens anymore I'm hatchings have a cross between a RIR and a Buff Orp thats my best hen for laying.....
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I have mutt chickens as well as pure bred. They do very well and in fact I think they make better layers. Here is another way to look at your question,though. Once when I was set up to sell eggs,I had a man ask me what kind of chickens I had. This did not surprize me because this was a common question and sometimes people wanted hatching eggs. At that time I had all of mine mixed but told him I would soon be separating my marans so I would have pure eggs. He was interested in the pure eggs because he believed it was Biblical not to mix the breeds of chickens. I do remember reading something in the Bible about mixing animals,but I always thought it meant more like unnatural pairings of species.

    I am sorry you lost your hen and I know how you feel because several years ago my entire flock was killed by a neighbor's dog. I had 2 doz eggs of theirs and set them in my dad's incubater. I hatched out 17 babies and they were such a comfort to me. I felt like my flock was re-cycled rather than replaced.
  9. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Oh mutts are definitely ok in the chicken world!! I hae plenty of them, and tehy do lay nice eggs!! Tehyc an also be more gorgeous that pure bred chickens!! They come in such an amazing variety of colors!![​IMG]
  10. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    One of my only hens to survive the fox attacks last summer was a Australorp that happened to be setting on eggs in the weeds. She hatched out 3 little mutt babies. One survived and is an terrific egg layer. She is a EE/Australorp cross. I personally love her grey (blue?) color.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2008

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