Mix Breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AAJ, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. AAJ

    AAJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I had 2 silkie hens and 1 silkie rooster along with 4 buff orpington hens and 1 buff orpington rooster in the same pen would there be a lot of cross breeding? If so, how could I stop it without separating them?
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You cannot stop it without separating them.
     
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    X3. But if you aren't worried about showing the offspring,or if you discard every non silkie egg, it won't be much of an issue.
     
  5. Barred Rocker

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    Quote:well it would if the buff roo mated with the silkie hens. Yeah you're going to get some cross breeding and I'm surprised the 2 roosters are getting along, they usually fight to compete for the hens.
     
  6. Tanichca

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    Quote:well it would if the buff roo mated with the silkie hens. Yeah you're going to get some cross breeding and I'm surprised the 2 roosters are getting along, they usually fight to compete for the hens.

    But usually, if the larger rooster breeds with a smaller hen, the weirdly sized chicks can't even make it out of the egg. Ah well.

    Not always... I have four roosters to seven hens at the moment, and there isn't any fighting for mating rights at all.
     
  7. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:well it would if the buff roo mated with the silkie hens. Yeah you're going to get some cross breeding and I'm surprised the 2 roosters are getting along, they usually fight to compete for the hens.

    But usually, if the larger rooster breeds with a smaller hen, the weirdly sized chicks can't even make it out of the egg. Ah well.

    Not always... I have four roosters to seven hens at the moment, and there isn't any fighting for mating rights at all.

    Cross breeding LF to bantam is possible, i have hatched many eggs from my banty hens with 80-90 % hatch rate, and because of the crossbreeding the chicks have more genetic diversity and are very healthy. So if chicks dont hatch right it's probably to do with incubation.


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  8. extraordinaryfowl

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    Quote:They will cross breed, and there is no way to keep them from cross breeding without separating them. I've had large roosters breed bantams for me, and vice-versa. Could you just run a strip of chicken wire down the center of their pen? They just have to have some kind of physical barrier between them. Hope this helps, MW
     

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