new to chicken questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by thesakid, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. thesakid

    thesakid Hatching

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    Good morning all,

    If we want 8-10 egg laying chickens, how many roosters should we have? Can you mix chicken breeds so you can have some white and some brown eggs?

    Thanks,
     

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Welcome to BYC.

    For egg laying only, you do not need a rooster. You would only need the rooster if you wanted fertile eggs, or a flock protector, or just wanted a roo.
    It is usually suggested 1 roo to 10 hens, but that is variable, depends on the roo's personality. breed, and how you plan on keeping them. More than one may lead to fighting.
    And Yes you can mix breeds to have a colorful selection in your egg basket, not a problem. I think that's what most of us do. I have brown, cream and green eggs.

    Imp
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

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  5. greymane

    greymane Songster

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    Looks like Imp answered your questions, so I will just say "Hello"!
     
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    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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  7. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer


    Welcome to BYC!

    You only need one rooster if you want to hatch eggs. Two roosters will fight.

    You can mix chicken breeds. Some will have a very colorful variety of egg colors.
     

  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member 8 Years

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  9. LuvinChickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I hope you have a wonderful time! Good luck!
     

  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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