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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Straw parade on snow day
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Jul 24, 2016
Washington State
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.


5 Years
Apr 15, 2015
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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