Getting Different Breeds at the Same Time

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JenniferK, May 7, 2007.

  1. JenniferK

    JenniferK Songster

    May 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We are going to get chicks this week, and I'm thinking 6 at the most although we should probably only get 4. So my question is, would it be a bad idea to get two of one breed (probably Rhode Island Red) and one each of other breeds (Ameracauna and Orpington)? Do the ones that have a majority gang up on the others?

    Also, does anyone have an opinion on which of those breeds would be best? We want these chickens for eggs (just for friends and family) and as pets -- sort of. At the very least we want them to be docile...
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I currently have many breeds, some I have pairs of, but most I have singles. They all get along just fine, but the same breeds do seem to hang together. RIR are a great friendly breed, and great layers. I have Americaunas, and they are great layers, but a little on the skittish side, and I have no Ideas about Orphingtons, as I dont have any. But I have heard they make up for thier lack of laying in Friendliness.
  3. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Its just fine to mix breeds! Most of us on here have a mixed flock. The only time mixing can really become a problem is i you have a large number of birds in a small space. Under those stressful conditions the birds may gang up on the different looking one (i.e. a flock of 100 white leg horns mixed with one black polish). For small flocks this should not be a problem.
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I have all 3 breeds you mentioned. My Buffs and Ameracaunas are only 8 weeks old now, but they are in the same coop with my one year old RIR. They all get along just fine. My RIR are GREAT layers of large brown eggs. The others are not laying yet, but all are friendly, and will follow me all over the yard. Good luck with your chickens, and trust me....4 will never do...I started saying...I only want 6 or flock is now OVER 40! [​IMG] One Ameracauna/RIR mix is broody on 11 eggs, and my Frizzle hens are setting 20+. Babies anyone!?? LOL
  5. JenniferK

    JenniferK Songster

    May 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Thanks for the replies -- this is such a great message board!
  6. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Quote:Your scareing me, I have 4 and I swear I only want 4... maybe 5 [​IMG]
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Quote:Your scareing me, I have 4 and I swear I only want 4... maybe 5 [​IMG]

    You'll be up to ten in no time! [​IMG]
  8. Keleka

    Keleka Songster

    Mar 8, 2007
    West Bloomfield
    I agree. 3 was the limit for us, but now we have 11. The only thing I have two of is the Ameracauna's. All others are single, different breeds. Everyone gets along fine even the single bantam with all standard size hens.[​IMG]
  9. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    Quote:Frizzle babies?? Ohhhh, yes! They are the absolute most adorable little things!

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