mixed breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by collier, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. collier

    collier Out Of The Brooder

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    As we are going bigger and wanting more, Can different breeds of hens live happily together or souldnt you mix then ? x
     
  2. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are pretty much the same size or gentle temperament then yes go ahead and mix. I have several breeds together in my laying pen. I do have silkies that are by themselves because I had them with another larger breed and the roo started picking on the silkies. Silkies can have vaulted skulls so they can be easily injured if pecked in the head so I keep them separate.
     
  3. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    All mine get along okay. But most are dual purpose sized with nice personalities. My GLW are bossy, but everyone else lets them be in charge, so its all good!
     
  4. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
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    yes, they can as do dogs of different breeds
     
  5. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My egg layers, which I have about 50, are different breeds and mutts all mixed together. They get along well. Each bird knows their place in the pecking order. Each spring I add a few more with no problems.

    Lanae
     
  6. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    They can. Just don't mix aggressive and docile breeds. For example -

    Don't put faverolles in with RIR.

    Don't put polish in with Leghorns.

    Don't put cochins in with Wyandottes.

    That being said, sometimes those breeds aren't as aggressive if you get them from a reputable breeder. But I still wouldn't try it. I lost two birds that way; trying to mix more aggressive breeds with less aggressive ones.

    The only docile bird I ever had that could hold her own with the RIR, sexlinks, and Wyandottes was my Australorp.
     
  7. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:I disagree my hatchery wyandottes were very nice so are my RIR. They all should be fine.it is best to have them grow up together
     
  8. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are all together and I have alot of everything including standards and bantams
     
  9. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Serious over crowding.
     

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