Mixed Flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mr D, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Mr D

    Mr D Out Of The Brooder

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    What are y'all's thoughts on this mixed flock idea -

    1) Two Araucanas for blue eggs
    2) Two Leghorns for white eggs
    3) Two Rhode Island Reds for brown eggs
    4) Two Cuckoo Marans for dark chocolate brown eggs

    and maybe 5) One Olive egger.
     
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  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's my kind of flock! [​IMG] My only thoughts are, depending on where you live and what is available in your area (going by what is available in my area) aracaunas may be extremely hard to get so you might consider substituting Easter eggers or Ameraucanas. I've found that of the different marans, the cuckoo marans often lay the lightest egg although some are prettily speckled. For darker eggs I prefer the black copper marans or welsumer, which can also produce a speckled egg, but darker.
    But you're on your way to a colorful egg basket.
     
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  3. Mr D

    Mr D Out Of The Brooder

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    Yea, I'd rather the Black Copper Marans over the Cuckoo Marans; however, finding a company with a good variety that allows you to mix and match at a reasonable (S&H) price is difficult. I think my best option is http://www.mthealthy.com/page/1395107. For the Olive Egger, I have a friend who has a Rhode Island Red rooster, which can breed with one of my (soon-to-be) Araucanas.
     
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  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I got two Easter eggers last year, one is laying a beautiful blue, and the other the purest green. But not always do you get that lucky, but that does sound like a pretty basket.

    Mrs K
     

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