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Mixing breeds in the flock?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by VerdaMaeFarms, May 17, 2011.

  1. VerdaMaeFarms

    VerdaMaeFarms Hatching

    May 16, 2011
    Euless, TX
    Hello. I'm preparing to purchase my first chicks and I am wondering if I should acquire all the same breed or if mixing breeds is ok? I am only planning to have a few chicks (3-5). Any help or info is super appreciated!


  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    Variety is Good! [​IMG]
  3. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    My first flock is 4.5 weeks old; three each of four breeds. They're doing great together. I got them at my local Agway, where, yes, there was a 6 chick minimum, but I could mix and match. I just waited for the weekend she was getting four different breeds in, all ones that fit my requirements.

    Mix 'em up!
  4. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chirping

    Jan 1, 2011
    I would stick to all standards or all bantams, but within those categories, mix and match as much as you'd like.
  5. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Songster

    Apr 4, 2011
    Newalla, Oklahoma
    Quote:[​IMG] Variety is great. I am working on getting some of every breed! [​IMG] BYC is a great place to gain knowledge and friendship with other like minded folks! As a little disclaimer though, In March we decided to get a small flock of 4 - 6 chickens... Well, if you count the chicks I am now up to 55. Good luck on the "few" they are wonderful fun birds!
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    I agree variety is good especially getting started as it allows you to check out different breeds and which fits you the best. My only concern is introducing very young birds to a established flock, you may have a issue there, it's that pecking order thing

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