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Mixing breeds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheOLDNewChick, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    Hi, I was wondering about mixing two-three different breeds in the same coop/yard? If they're raised from bitties together would they do okay? Such as the Rhode Island Reds, Bantams, and Dominickers[sp?]?
     
  2. Rosalind

    Rosalind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Yes, lots of folks here have all sorts together in the same pen. The only time it seems to be a problem is if you have a bantam hen and a standard roo--when he tries to mate her, she will have a hard time of it. But, I know a few people who keep bantams mixed in with standards, and the pecking order seems to be a matter of attitude rather than size.
     
  3. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    I thought it would be okay too, I just thought I'd check & make sure and not awake one morning to find a yardfull of dead chicken's. :eek:
     
  4. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mix and they are fine. I can say that my RIR and the sexlinks are the top birds though. They even boos the roo's for now. [​IMG]
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Most of the time it's fine. I wouldn't mix really docile breeds with really aggressive breeds. If you do, keep an eye on them, even if they were raised together.

    When I first got chickens, my two Dorking pullets died from injuries they received from what I purchased as Araucanas. Apparently they were mixed and half B%&!#@. I pulled the Dorkings immediately and treated with antibiotics, but it didn't matter. They still died.

    These birds were raised together as chicks. They had over 5 square feet per chicken in the coop and free ranged over several acres during the day. The attack happened after they were full size, although I don't remember the exact age.

    I know it doesn't happen often, but there's a reason that mixed flock aggression is mentioned in books on chickens as a possibility. I think it's fantastic that so many people here have had no problem at all. I wish that had been my experience, too.
     

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