Mixing Chicken Breeds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BantamBanter, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. BantamBanter

    BantamBanter New Egg

    Jan 1, 2017
    Is it alright to mix different chicken breeds or is it advised against? Silkies for example.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2017
  2. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2016
    Upstate NY
    From all the research I have read I've come to the conclusion that yes it's just fine to mix breeds. The one thing though with silkies is they will prolly always be at the bottom of the pecking order in a mixed flock because of their temperament. I don't think it bothers them much though.

    Edited to add
    I have a totally mixed flock but no silkies.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2017
  3. It depends on the Breeds.....Docile breeds do better with other docile breeds...Some can be rather aggressive and can be very hard on small docile Silkies......Also certain Birds will peck and eat the feathers from Silkies....A lady I know with Silkies keeps them in their own pen.....It might be fine? Always have another plan in place in case it does not work.....

  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    All of my five pullets are the same type and age. But I may get more chicks next spring if I can build a larger coop. I will get chickens that are the same size and type. I would not get bantams or Giant size chickens to mix with my mid size birds. But many do. If you have a large coop and multiple feeders, waterers and can free range. Go for it. This is my opinion. GC
    Oh yeah Happy New Year.
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  5. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2016
    Westminster, Maryland
    Different breeds of chickens are perfectly fine to have. Even large fowl and bantams. My flock consists of a RIR roo, BA roo, five RIR hens, 1 BA hen and 2 Silkie hens. If you have a rooster who is LF you probably don't want to have your whole flock bantams because he will hurt them as he is to big for them, I see it with my silkies. Yes silkies tend to be more docile however mine both asserted themselves high in the pecking order and are quite mean sometimes. Each chicken has its own personality.
  6. Very true......I have a little Banty Hen Alice who lives with Orpingtons, Brown Leghorns, EEs, Speckled Sussex, Ameruacana, and My Brahma/Ameruacana Rooster...He Breeds Alice....She gets flattened to the floor but he is not aggressive so it is over in seconds and she follows him around as he tidbits and coos to her..lol........

    I just depends on all the birds and how they get along.......

  7. BantamBanter

    BantamBanter New Egg

    Jan 1, 2017
    Happy New Year!
  8. BantamBanter

    BantamBanter New Egg

    Jan 1, 2017
    Thanks all great help!
  9. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Orrock township, Minnesota

    Welcome to BYC...\
    I see you got your answer. I have a mixed breed flock, I have about a dozen breeds and they do fine., I even have guineas and turkeys in the coop with my layers.
  10. sheetmetaltom

    sheetmetaltom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    started off with 10 chicks and 5 different breeds, breed never was an issue. just the typical chicken pecking order. ordered 17 chicks for this week, 3 breeds, 2 new ones for my flock, when i mix them in in about 10 weeks +/- , i dont foresee any problems. they arent people

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