is it ok to give a hen a chicken of a different breed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OVERxCAST, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. OVERxCAST

    OVERxCAST Out Of The Brooder

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    i want to buy a rhode island red but i have broilers... is it ok to give a hen a chicken of a different breed?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Are the broilers Cornish X? If so, they seem to be more interested in food than anything and there may be no problems. Is the RIR an adult? If too small the broilers will pick on her. Also, you might want to quarantine the RIR to make sure you don't intro disease into your flock. Good luck to you!
     
  3. OVERxCAST

    OVERxCAST Out Of The Brooder

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    i will buy a rir thats around 2-4 weeks old.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    That would be a horribly lonely RIR once you've processed the broilers. Why not get several and start a separate flock?
     
  5. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with debid. Chickens like to be with a flock. Three should be minimum imo. That way if something happens to one, they still have a companion. Unless your planning to keep it in the house with you!
     

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