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Mixing Chick Breeds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kcallis, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. kcallis

    kcallis In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    I am getting three RIR chicks next week, and really want a little bantam too. If I start them all off as chicks, can I raise them together? I'm worried that once the RIR get bigger than the bantam, they may start pecking at her?
  2. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    I think it would be more about attitude than size, I have heard, though not from personal experience, that because Buff Orpingtons are so gentle, and docile, though relatively big in size, they can still be bullied by other chickens.
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    My Mom has a bantam roo that rules the roost. There are rir's, ancona, other mixed breeds. He is sappy for sure, Tried the other day to get her when she gathered her eggs. He grew up with them too. She did not have a problem with it. Jean
  4. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If they are all started at the same time, you can mix any breeds. You won't have any extra pecking order problems than if they were all the same breed.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree. You can mix. A lot of people do. The birds, no matter, will still establish their pecking order.
  6. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hey, kcallis! [​IMG] Mixing has worked well for me - it works best if you start them together at the same time. The my pet chicken site has some helpful info on the general characteristics of chicken personalities (www.mypetchicken.com) that might help you select breeds. But, as will all generalizations, there are exceptions.

    My flock of hens is "ruled" by two buff orpingtons! Saffron and Strawberry are NOT to be messed with! [​IMG] They aren't mean - just very sure of themselves - [​IMG] ! All web info suggests that they are more docile than other large breeds - so I guess they are the exceptions!

    But all in all, the ones started together, although they do have a pecking order, seem to get along fine. [​IMG] Have fun!!!
  7. lichick28

    lichick28 Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    I've always mixed different breed chicks with no problem banty chicks along with heavy breed chicks grew up fine.

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