Mixing chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickityChina, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. ChickityChina

    ChickityChina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am relatively new to chicken raising. I have been around chickens and chicks since I was very young, but this will be my first flock that is officially mine on my own property.

    I am purchasing chicks locally next week when they hatch and I have a few breeds in mind. I did my research and found the ones that fit my needs and these are they: Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, Golden Comets, and Australorps.

    I am starting with a 6 bird flock for now, and I kinda wanted to mix and match. I was thinking of purchasing 3 EEs, 1 Australorp, 1 RIR and 1 Golden Comet. I want to get a good sense of different breeds for experience, and I like the qualities of each of these so far. My main question is, will there be issues from raising a mixed flock like this? Disease? Inter-breed aggressiveness? Any particular issues with mixing chicks that I need to be aware of before I make a decision?

    Thanks all for your help![​IMG]
     
  2. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There shouldn't be any problems with mixing different breeds of chickens, most of us have mixed flocks. However, the only problem would be if you're purchasing them from different places, then you would want to quarantine them to prevent others from getting possible diseases.
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  3. ChickityChina

    ChickityChina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice! That is a relief. I am getting them from the same place, so that's good news. And thanks for the welcome [​IMG]
     
  4. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome. Good luck with your new chicks, and feel free to post pics when you get them!
     
  5. ChickityChina

    ChickityChina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh I will! [​IMG]
     
  6. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!
     

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