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how many breeds should you put in together ? Planning stages

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rwskydive, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. rwskydive

    rwskydive Hatching

    Mar 24, 2009
    I am at the initial stages of planning a coop and breed. I am looking for any help on what breed I shopuld start with and how many breeds can you put together comfortably? Too many and then you have a roo problem, right? any help or advise on starting out in the adventure will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Unless you want to hatch purebred chicks it doesn't matter how many breeds you keep together. You need to keep the roo to hen ratio about 1 roo for every 10 hens.
  3. warhorse

    warhorse Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    Cibolo, TX
    Are you asking which breeds to combine? Some of the flightier breeds may make some of the calmer ones nervous. I am having my "first experience" with leghorns (ideal-whites) and .... definately a difference between them and the marans I am used to. The EE seem like they can swing either way; they are calm with other calm birds, but easily join in when chaos erupts.
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    If your putting all the breeds together there's no point having a roo for each one anyway. All the roos will mate with all the hens. You'll only get purebred chicks if you have only one breed of roo that matches the breed of hen. You can keep all the hens you want with any roo it just depends if you want all pure eggs or not. There is no maximum to a flock and you don't need a certain number of each breed so you could have as many breeds as you do chickens if you wanted to. You just have to make sure you can take care of them all.
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    We have 6 chickens. Guess how many breeds.... SIX!

    We're getting 2 more chicks in April. Guess how many breeds we'll have then: EIGHT!

    We've got mostly standards and a couple of bantams.

    Hatched April '08:
    Banty cochin

    Hatched May '08 (all standards):
    Black Sex-link
    Barred Plymouth Rock
    Rhode Island Red

    Hatched March '09:
    Buff Orpington
    Black Australorp

    To be hatched April '09:
    Blue Polish
    Easter Egger or Australorp or Wyandotte (depending upon what's available from hatchery)
  6. Karlachix

    Karlachix Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Here's my experience with the group I received last Spring. The poor Polish was picked on till she died. If I'd been a more experienced chicken owner I might have seen the signs and been able to stop it, but I didn't. I don't think I'll get another one. I was not fond of the Leghorn because it was very flighty and bossy and was the lead feather plucker. I rehomed her with my best friend and the hen seems to be behaving better, perhaps because she's no longer at the top of the pecking order (that's what we were hoping for). [​IMG]

    I only have one rooster (White Rock) in the flock.

    I love having a diverse flock and just sitting outside watching them scratch around.

    Received last Spring:
    Barred Rock
    White Rocks
    Light Brown Leghorn
    Silver laced Polish
    Buff Orpingtons
    Silver and Gold laced Wyandottes
    Rhode Island Reds

    Coming next month:
    Giant Cochins
    Easter Eggers
  7. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

  8. rwskydive

    rwskydive Hatching

    Mar 24, 2009
    Thanks to everyone this has helped tremendously. My wife hasn't been around chickens and I have a baby boy that will be here in april and I want to start out without a Roo and have chickens that are friendly or calm. Any adivice on favorite breeds? I live in South carolina.
    My coop will be 6x20 shed style roof. My run will be 6 x 18. I am very familar with construction and have looked at all the coop designs and have taken may things from them to use in my design.
    thanks for all advice
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    So far, here's my order of preference for friendliness

    1. Black Sex-link
    2. Barred Plymouth Rock
    3. Banty cochin
    My RIR is stand-offish

    And for eggs:
    1. Rhode Island Red
    2. Black Sex-link

    Impressions of my chicks:
    Buff Orpington - a bit sqwauky but is settling down & getting friendlier
    Black Australorp - OMG super friendly & sweet, flies from brooder to couch to be with us, loves to snuggle in my robe.
  10. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have 7 breeds and I think my black astrolopes are the sweetest.
    With that said i think most breeds can be very tame and like holding but that requires handeling them alot from the very begining.

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