Mixing breeds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by theguy67, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. theguy67

    theguy67 In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2010

    I am down to 1 hen and 1 rooster, and this weekend we are going to a flee market this weekend to look for somemore hens. The chickens I have currently are a cross already between Dominecker and Rhodeisland red. If I wish to get a different breed is it ok to mix breeds if the rooster is already a cross? I wish to collect eggs and hatch afew from the new hens, but I am not sure of the result would be.

  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Sure - you can mix any breed you want. They generally all get along though Polish tend to get beat down pretty bad.

    Unless you plan to sell pure breed hatching eggs, mix & match to your hearts delight.
  3. samsmama

    samsmama Chirping

    Apr 20, 2008
    Are you planning to hatch chicks to sell or just for your own use? If it's for your own use, choosing another breed won't matter much. But if you want to sell chicks, a lot of people are interested in "pure" chicks. It's really your call. I have many different large breeds running together with a mutt rooster. I get plenty of eggs and I plan to hatch mutt chicks for myself. [​IMG] Happy hatching!!
  4. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Do silkies do well in a mixed flock? Sorry for the intrusion, OP, but I was curious since we were on the subject.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  5. theguy67

    theguy67 In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2010
    Well i'd like to sell them, but if i wanted to start over that would mean I would need to start over completely by getting rid of all my chickens ( all the 3 that i have lol). Can you still sell the mutts? I would like to hatch them and sell them so i can continue to hatch.

    Wheres the classified section on BYC?
  6. theguy67

    theguy67 In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2010
    ON a second note;

    I am thinking about getting some Rhode island red hens for my other rooster. I have 2 rooster and 1 hen ( i know terrible ratios) I was suppose to ahve 5 hens, but 3 were killed and 1 turned out to be a rooster. Rhode island red is not a mix i dont think is it? and would you say they are a disierable breed? The younger rooster is not a mix.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  7. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    I personally like a mixed flock of different birds. It is fun to look at and I can tell the girls apart better than if they were all the same color, etc.
  8. Raelyn

    Raelyn In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    Central North Carolina
    We have a beautiful mixed flock of hens just for pets and egg production, no hatching yet. [​IMG]

    I love the variety and the unique traits of the different breeds.
  9. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    Are your half Dom. hens barred? If they are you can make sex-links with your RIR male. Mixed breeds sell better if they are sold sexed.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    One of my favorite chickens was a mixed breed roo.

    his name is Rocky and is now owned by AZBootzie.

    Mixing breeds can be fun.

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