Mixing breeds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChefAmanda55, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. ChefAmanda55

    ChefAmanda55 New Egg

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    I am getting ready for my first flock. I have fond memories of taking care of chickens when I was a child and now I finally have the space to have my own. I was thinking about getting 6 New Hampshire Reds and 6 Barred Rocks. Does anyone have these breeds together? I dont want any problems with them getting along.... is this okay or should I stick with one breed? Also, will they be the same size? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    They should be fine! Both are pretty Docile birds that lay fairly well. Good luck on your birds!

    Nate
     
  3. gryeyes

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  4. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 RIR and 1 barred rock in a mixed flock. They all get along just fine.
     
  5. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a NH and a BR together-they get along great!
     
  6. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got RIR and BR, along with EE, Black Sex Link, Red Sex Link, Wyandottes and Leghorns, all get along with each other. When they come as chicks for the most part, they've been in that box for a couple days, they all know each other by then
     
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with everyone that they will be fine. I have a mixed flock with many different breeds. They get along fine.

    Regarding your question about size: The Barred Rocks will likely be a little bigger but not significently bigger.
     
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 chickens all different breeds and they are all different ages. They get along great, my bantam cochin is the head girl.
     
  9. ChefAmanda55

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  10. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8 Buff Orps, 8 Australorps, 8 RIR's, 4 BBB Turkeys. All get along great. I cant wait to see what my mixed breed flock will look like in a couple years. All 3 breeds are good egg layers and big enough for meat and friendly.
     

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