Mixed Breed Opinions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AccidentalFarm, May 6, 2007.

  1. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    First off- I was unsure of whether I should post this in Breeds in General, or here..so if i'm in the wrong place, oops and sorry! Figured I'd post here because my question isn't about 'a' breed, but about mixing breeds.....

    Anyway, I am wondering what the general concensus is on mixed breed chickens. I don't have any at the moment, but I have a pretty varied flock, and plan to add at least 5 more different breeds.

    I'd like to hear what others have to say about mixed breeds. Any particular mixes that you really like? What to avoid? Basically, any comments or suggestions would be welcome. I plan to let some of the girls brood, and would like to work out which hens stay with which roo's ahead of time. This is a laying flock, but dual purpose is always a plus. I'm looking for color, good temperment, and good layers. What would be good crosses? Here's what I have:

    Buff Orp
    Buff Brahma
    Dk. Brahma
    Gold Laced Cochin
    White Rock
    Barred Rock
    Black Sex-Link
    White Crested Black Polish
    (will be adding: SF's, Cream Brabanter, Buff Laced Polish, Std. Sultan, Blue Cochin, and Lt. Brahma)

    White Crested Black Polish
    (possible add: Lt. Brahma)

    All standard breeds. Thanks for the input.
    Last edited: May 6, 2007
  2. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Don't bother trying to cross the black sex link with anything. They're F1 hybrids - first crosses - and only the first crosses show the massive egg production.

    Don't forget that the dad determines the egg colour that the offspring will lay, so if you cross the Ameraucana then you won't get any more blue eggs.
  3. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    I knew about the sex-links not breeding true, but wow, how interesting about the egg color. I did not know that.
  4. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    the problem w/cross bred chickens is if you ever want to get rid of them, it's harder than purebreds....unless you eat them, then it won't matter..........
  5. ella

    ella Songster

    I love my cross bred chickens!

    They're funny



    And oh, so handsome!

    All of the chickens you listed are nicely compatable. I especially like second and third generation Polish crosses, because they have a smaller more managable crest that I think is so cute!

    Mix your RIR male with; White Rock,
    Barred Rock and Lt. Brahma's to get sex-linked chickens.

    Take the hens and roosters that have the qualities you find important and breed them together. The next generation sex-link may not have mom's laying ability, but may have other qualities that you like- so use your judgment and figure out what's important to you.

    Remember, the reason these breeds exist in the first place is because someone wanted certain qualities and went out and mixed the different breeds in order to get the chicken they wanted. So have fun with it!
  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I cross my sex link hens with roosters of egg laying breeds, like RIR, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Black Autalorps.
    I get very pretty hens & my experience has been that they lay almost as well as their hybrid mothers.
    I also noticed that the mixed breeds seem to be healthier too. Kinda like mixed dogs, they seem to be much hardier.
    Around here, most folks just want a pretty hen that lays.

    Don't get me wrong, I do like the purebreds,and I have several breeds that I keep separate, but remember, most of (the purebreds) got started by mixing different breeds.

    I did a little bit of crossing different breeds for a couple of years, it was fun to see what I got. Most of them were sold though, we raise & sell lots of chickens here.

    One of my favorite mixed chickens are a Buff Orpington Rooster over Golden Laced Wyandotte hens. The pullets produced by these are the prettiest hens, & good egg layers.
    They had a pattern similar to the Columbian, but with the main color being buff.

    Last edited: May 8, 2007
  7. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I plan on cross breeding my Birds. I just love Mixed breeds. dogs and chickens! [​IMG]
    the birds I have are:
    Black Australorp
    Barred Rock
    Buff Rock
    SS Hamburg
    NH Red

    SS Hamburg
    Silver Pheonix

    Cant wait to see what I can come up with![​IMG]
  8. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I have some eggs under one of my hen that are just a mix form my flock and I plan to keep al lthe girls and find homes for the boys. My possibilities are -

    Buff orp (this is most likely as it is the majority of my flock)
    Delaware(only one of those)
    Red sex-link
    uh I think that is all

    Moses, the Buff Orpington
  9. FrozenChicken

    FrozenChicken Songster

    Apr 1, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    Have no choice this year as all my chicks will be home raised by broody hens.

    Black Sex Links(4)
    RIR(25 or so)
    Columbian Rocks(25 or so)
    RIR X Columbian first cross (25 or so)
    Homeraised Crossed between everything (10 or so)

    Speckled Sussex
    Columbian Rock
    Homeraised Crosses (5)
    Dark Brahma (1)
  10. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    If it is the rooster that determines egg color produced, is it also the rooster that determines the quantity of eggs a hen will lay?

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