Mixing breeds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OhMyItsAndyy, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    West England
    Since i have alonell hen at the moment, i am searching desperatly for 2 more pekin's for her company, however, i was wondering if anyone had ever had these and mixed them with Rhode island reds. I've had them before, and they were lovely and the same size ( I only have bantams) and they both have a reputation for beng friendly, so i was just checking, it wouldn't make a problem would it? I mean, i know there is at first the "Sorting of peking order" so to speak, but once they're settled, they should be fine, right?
    They should hopefully all be around the same age
    any advice is great, thanks x

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    First, if you haven't seen it, I suggest you look at Buff's article.

    Buff HooliganÂ’s Adding to your flock

    I don't have bantams, but many people report mixing bantams and large fowl with no problems. Occasionally there are some, but I think that is just the difference in individual chicken personalities and not really related to size. You can have the problems they describe with any chickens.

    I am not familiar with Pekins. Seems like they may or may not also be known as Cochins here in the States. Most breeds will mix with very little problem. In small numbers especially, it depends a lot on the individuals personality. I would not be afraid to try to mix any breed of females, bantam or otherwise.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  3. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    The Jersey Shore
    Go for it! They should be fine if both breeds are bantams.

    Unrelated info- Crested breeds like to be by themselves, no other breeds: it's simpler for everybody with a poofy head to be in one coop so you can customize things a bit for them- fluffy heads need a bit more feeder and waterer space.
  4. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    I would think it would be fine
  5. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    It'll be fine! I have a mix of bantams, standard size chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl and even that diverse of a group does just fine. I've kept bantams and standard-sized birds together for ten or eleven years and I have yet to have an issue. [​IMG]
  6. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    West England
    Thankyou all for your respnse!
    I was fairly confident but I just had to double check for my dad's confidence bless him

    And yes, Pekin's are also called Cochins, depending the place.

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