Mix and Matches Breeding Project Thread

Dona Worry

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Well, this is still in the 'wishful thinking stage', and not really a PLAN, but, I want to cross my white polish crested roo over my EE that lays light blue-green eggs and my cc legbar that is a two week old chick BUT should lay bright blue eggs to get fabulous crested easter eggers!
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And then cross my EE roo over my gold-laced polish crested (who are ALSO only 2 weeks old lol) for some blue and ???? crested easter eggers, and then have a little flock of funky, colorful, colored egg layers!
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But, the chicks won't be ready to breed (in my mind ) for at least another year, so this is all in the wishful thinking stage, although I may cross my EE roo over my slw next spring just for the fun of it!
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I love colorful egg and colorful chickens, and that is what I plan to breed for!
 
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Wow, those are lovely hens and roos you got there. I myself have some pretty standard breeds, 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Cinnamon Queens, 5 RIR's one being a (rooster), two EE's a rooster(4 months) and a hen and three mystery girls. I myself am thinking of crossing my rooster with my hens then choosing the best plumage coloring to continue to be bred I decide to call them Les acajous which is French for The mahoganies Heres what I'm aiming for
  • Comb Type: Small Single Comb

  • Feather Color: Mahogany Barred

  • Egg Color: Olive to Brown

  • Egg Size: Medium to large

  • Production: Good (3-4/week)

  • Bird Size: Doesn't matter

  • Hardiness: Cold and heat hardy (preference on cold hardiness)

  • Personality: Curious, Docile, Alert, Protective
 
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Here are some pictures of my girls and boys.
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Bottom two are my Easter Eggers
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Final pic is a Full Flock Photo
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Any suggestions in which hens to focus to breed is greatly appreciated or suggestions of what breeds to add in too.
 

RoostersAreAwesome

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Here are some pictures of my girls and boys.
View attachment 1580427 View attachment 1580433 View attachment 1580428 View attachment 1580435 View attachment 1580436 Unknown breeds but I've been told on another thread that the top two are sex-links and the black feathered one is a Jersey Giant, not sure if that's true, but I'll roll with it.
Bottom two are my Easter Eggers
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Final pic is a Full Flock Photo
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Any suggestions in which hens to focus to breed is greatly appreciated or suggestions of what breeds to add in too.
The top two are definitely not sex links. They look like orpington or marans mixes to me. The black hen is a jersey giant, since she has yellow foot bottoms.
Where's you easter egger rooster? Both the chickens pictured are hens.

Since you want barred chickens, the first thing you should do is cross your barred rocks with your RIR rooster, though you'd get a lot more barred chickens if you got a barred rock rooster, since they have two copies of the barring gene, while the hens only have one.
 
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The top two are definitely not sex links. They look like orpington or marans mixes to me. The black hen is a jersey giant, since she has yellow foot bottoms.
Where's you easter egger rooster? Both the chickens pictured are hens.

Since you want barred chickens, the first thing you should do is cross your barred rocks with your RIR rooster, though you'd get a lot more barred chickens if you got a barred rock rooster, since they have two copies of the barring gene, while the hens only have one.
The Brown EE on the right is the rooster he is about 4 months old and wow didn't think they'd be Marans or Orpington mixes and the black hen being a Jersey Giant wow( Jumping in joy inside)
 

NoFlyBackFarm

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I want to cross a Buff Orpington hen to an RIR rooster. Then take those chicks that are roos and cross to female EE's. those chicks to another RIR rooster, then to a Buff Orpington, EE cross hen. Take said hen chicks and cross back to a Buff Orp, RIR, and EE mix rooster.
What I want-
  1. Rhode Island Red color
  2. Size of Orpington
  3. Color eggs of EE
Will this actually work?
 

RoostersAreAwesome

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The Brown EE on the right is the rooster he is about 4 months old and wow didn't think they'd be Marans or Orpington mixes and the black hen being a Jersey Giant wow( Jumping in joy inside)
That EE is a pullet. She has a female specific coloration. Why do you think she's a cockerel?
I want to cross a Buff Orpington hen to an RIR rooster. Then take those chicks that are roos and cross to female EE's. those chicks to another RIR rooster, then to a Buff Orpington, EE cross hen. Take said hen chicks and cross back to a Buff Orp, RIR, and EE mix rooster.
What I want-
  1. Rhode Island Red color
  2. Size of Orpington
  3. Color eggs of EE
Will this actually work?
What I would do- cross your largest buff orpington (I'm assuming you want larger chickens, not smaller ones?) with your largest RIR, then cross the biggest and/or reddest RIR/BO roo with the largest, most red EE hen (what color eggs do you want? Blue or green, or something else?). You'd probably get chickens that are close to or are the size of the orpingtons, with a mostly red color scheme, since red seems to be a pretty dominant color. They would lay greens eggs, assuming the EE parent was a blue or green egg layer. Then, if you wanted to improve size, cross the EE/BO/RIR to either a BO or an RIR/BO. If the red color was fading, cross the offspring to the reddest RIR/BO, unless all of them are too light. Then, if you need to improve egg color, pick the crosses with the best egg color and cross them back to the original EE/BO/RIR that has the best egg color, and if none of them do, cross them to an EE.
 
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That EE is a pullet. She has a female specific coloration. Why do you think she's a cockerel?

What I would do- cross your largest buff orpington (I'm assuming you want larger chickens, not smaller ones?) with your largest RIR, then cross the biggest and/or reddest RIR/BO roo with the largest, most red EE hen (what color eggs do you want? Blue or green, or something else?). You'd probably get chickens that are close to or are the size of the orpingtons, with a mostly red color scheme, since red seems to be a pretty dominant color. They would lay greens eggs, assuming the EE parent was a blue or green egg layer. Then, if you wanted to improve size, cross the EE/BO/RIR to either a BO or an RIR/BO. If the red color was fading, cross the offspring to the reddest RIR/BO, unless all of them are too light. Then, if you need to improve egg color, pick the crosses with the best egg color and cross them back to the original EE/BO/RIR that has the best egg color, and if none of them do, cross them to an EE.
I thought it was a cockerel because I got him/her from my neighbor who had bought it from a breeder in California, but if it is a hen then that'd be fine too also thx for the feedback
 

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