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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KSdancer, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. KSdancer

    KSdancer In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    So I have 3 roosters of all different breeds and about 40 hens, also of different breeds. I decided to try hatching some since they are all coming out fertile. I am curious if it is bad to have such mix chicken breeds. I never see any for sale on craigslist or feed stores so now i'm thinking it is a bad idea. HELP!

    How can you tell if they will hatch or not? Or can you?
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011

  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Eastern Shore, VA
    I don't think it's bad. I see them on CL a lot advertised as "Barnyard Mix" Sometimes you get really pretty birds. The only downside I see is there might not be as much of a demand for them as purebreds, if you were intending to sell.
  3. KSdancer

    KSdancer In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    I'm not really looking to make money off of them, I'm not going to keep them all but just trying to see if I can hatch anything! They are due to hatch in 2 days, hopefully I did everything right. If I did, it really is very simple. If not though, UH OH!

    One more question, it says to have temperature in incubator at 100 but someone told me to do 97 to make sure you get more hens than rooster, has anyone heard of this?
  4. Alexander

    Alexander Songster

    May 15, 2011

    No it is not a bad idea.

    Go for it!

    You never know what will hatch!

    KSDancer: Still air incubator is 101.5 and forced air is 99.5 F. You cannot control if it is a hen or a rooster.At least at chickens.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I don't mix my birds but have hatched several barnyard mix for friends of mine. They give me the eggs to hatch for them. They do sell some of the the chicks but usually grow them out and sell the pullets as layers and the boys go to the auction.

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