Mixing Breeds in the Flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KrisLehmann, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. rmurrayslcut

    rmurrayslcut Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2013
    South Jordan, UT
    They sure are. They're bigger, more dominant, and I personally didn't like their temperament. You're dead-on though. I had some Black Australorps that held their own against the BRs, but the rest of the flock were not so fortunate. I had to re-home a particularly aggressive BR. For all their bluster, they were also my weakest layers.
  2. Sabrit

    Sabrit Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 9, 2013
    We have multiple breeds, Barred rock, buck eye, buff orpington, Easter egger, americana, copper maran, leghorn, they are just 1 big happy family.
  3. CackleBabies

    CackleBabies Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2015
    I started my first flock this spring with 8 chicks, each one a different breed. I have three bantams, and 5 standard breeds. I have 6 hens and 2 roosters. Each breed has its own set of normal behaviors from the books I've read (like my cochin went broody after only laying 2 dozen eggs, and my brown leghorn is true to her breed's flighty nature, but her "sister" white leghorn is the friendliest bird in our flock. My RIR, buff orpington and black australorp can be counted on almost daily for eggs since they began laying, and they are all three friendly and easy to catch. The roosters are friendly and easy to catch too, and are the most entertaining).

    Not only is each bird easier to identify because they are all different, but they each lay different color, size and shaped eggs, so we can track who's being productive, and who might be laying outside the nest box. Since we got them all at the same time, they've grown up knowing this as their flock, and we have only had the usual pecking order scuffles, and of course, the adjustments as the cockerels began to mature. I love having all different breeds. For a beginner, it's been the best experience.
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  4. Berner Mom

    Berner Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2014
    Porter Corners, NY
    I love my Easter Eggers/Auracanas. I have a mixed flock and love the variation in my eggs, but RIR in my opinion are not for me. The roosters are pure evil and though the hens are nice they only really laid for the first year and then production really went down. I also have Brahms's and think they are beautiful and friendly birds and with their feathery feet have had no problem withstanding a NY winter. Of the ones you listed I would go for the wyandottes, Auracanas, and BO myself. Nice friendly birds that have had no problems with a very cold winter last year.
  5. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    A mixed flock works fine, especially if they're all chicks together. In my flock of 9 there are only two that are the same breed (Cinnamon Queen), and then there's one of each of an Easter Egger, Olive Egger, Minorca, Production White (Trader Joe's hatch), BLRW/Brahma cross, Ameraucana/RIR cross, and a Welsummer. What's fun is I can tell who laid what egg, which then gets recorded so I know what the production levels are.

    If you're getting a mixed age flock, please read the forums on integrating birds to keep the drama and trauma to a minimum in your coop.

    Above all.... Enjoy!
  6. jwhite3141

    jwhite3141 New Egg

    Jul 11, 2012
    We started with 6 hens a few years back and now have a flock consisting of 3 Australorps, 2 silver laced wyandottes, 2 lavender orpingtons, 2 blue orpingtons, a buff orpington, 2 buckeyes, a barnevelder, 2 speckled sussex, a columbian wyandotte. For the most part they get along fine (other than normal pecking order squabbles).

    What I have found most interesting with this eclectic group is how they tend to self-segregate by breed when given the chance (blues hang together, buckeyes hang together, etc.).
  7. daskhan

    daskhan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2015
    How do you get each breed to stick with their breed I have a few breeds together and they don't give a **** who they are next to , all to young to mate but I fear my pure bred rare breeds will be making mixes in the future
  8. farmgirl46

    farmgirl46 New Egg

    Sep 14, 2015
    I have three ameraucana hens, one RR hen, one barred Rock hen, one silver Wyandotte hen, and one BO rooster. They all get along great! I get wonderfully colorful eggs.
  9. Brenna541

    Brenna541 New Egg

    Nov 17, 2015
    I have both barred rock and Rhode Island reds. LOVE them all but the reds are far friendlier to my 3 and 7 yo boys and much more affectionate. I will ALWAYS have them in my flock.
  10. Angie16hearts

    Angie16hearts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2014
    I love love barred rocks and austrlorps !!! I do have many breeds !! We, blue isbar copper Maroon....... ( I love his personality as well) hands down my two barred rocks are super fun friendly but noisy! I got rid of my RIR because they were very very loud when they laid!!! Bantams are great to! There eggs contain much more then you would expect. They eat much less and love attention!! Good luck with whatever you choose I definitely would get some BR!
    We have a total of 7 different breeds.[​IMG][​IMG] this is Oreo my Austrlorps loves to be held and has great personality!! I would love more of her! I have 2 BR both wonderful! One top of pecking order the other is still a pullet. However, shes even sweeter then my older one. If that's possible! [​IMG]
    [​IMG] this is dot, she's super friendly like my other BR she loves attention even with our rooster around. Good luck!
    I have to say I love my ee's to. This is a hard one. There are so many great choices. Just make sure you pay a ton of attention and have treats!
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015

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