Mixing breeds


In the Brooder
Sep 4, 2019
so, after four of my babies passed, I’d like to get more to keep my other four company. I have three sapphire gems and one Brahma rooster (I think he’s a rooster anyway). I’d like to get some Easter Eggers and maybe some other cool breeds. I love all different kinds of chickens and colorful eggs! But, what I’m concerned about is will different breeds get along well? Is it even a thing for different breeds to fight when put together in one coop? First time chicken owner and just want to know as much as I can about breeds before I just go and get them because they’re cute chicks.
I just want some docile and friendly calm chickens as I have an 8 month old that will be growing up with them. But, what breeds do you guys recommend? Only using my babies for eggs!

( a picture of the first chicks I got, Jolene and Llewelyn are no longer with us)


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Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! Everyone has favorite chicken breeds and I'm sure most of them are compatible with each other if they are in the same size group. I personally love anything in the Orpington group and currently have Buff Orpingtons and Australorps. In the brooder I also have Lavender Orpingtons. These are large birds, very friendly, and great layers. I also have a couple Rhode Island Reds, and one of my favorite all time hens was a RIR, but I wouldn't recommend them for the friendliness factor, and they can be aggressive toward other breeds. At least they have been in my flock.
Sexlinks, Orpingtons, and Rhode Island whites have been pretty good as well as the EE's, the rhode Island reds and barred rock are a bit more eratic and can be bullies, not sure if was just bad breeding or what, cause the Whites are amazingly sweet birds just on threatened list as a heritage bird

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