Newbie here again with a breed question :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chicken cutie, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. chicken cutie

    chicken cutie In the Brooder

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    Currently we were given 3 hens and a rooster. I am still super new to the chicken world but thank God for BYC lol ! So I was told the hens are Black austrolorps and the rooster is Salmon Flavor? Idk if that's correct lol

    A lady online just offered be 6 hens and a rooster that are Hyline Browns?

    Please tell me is it ok to have the two different breeds? I'm going more for eggs but would love to hatch some out eventually! Will that be a problem with two roosters ?!

    Will two roosters be a problem ( should add that my rooster was kept with another that are the same breed as him and they got along like pals lol)

    Is the Hyline Brown a good layer?
    Help! :) thank you!!!!!
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Yes, different breeds will mix together just fine, but you need to be careful about the number of roosters you have. The recommended ratio is 1 rooster for very 10 hens. More than that can quickly led to aggression, fights, and over-bred and battered hens. Hyline Browns are one of many labels used by some hatcheries for their Red Sex Link hybrids, and they are egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael X2 You can mix many different breeds. Chickens don't know the difference.

    As for 2 roosters, you will either need to rehome one of the boys or get more hens. As Michael says here, the ratio is 1 to 8 to 10 hens. Any less, and they can over mate the hens, causing damage or even hurting them. So you might just keep one roo.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! x3 on the above advice.
     
  5. chicken cutie

    chicken cutie In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! I think I will be keeping my rooster I have currently because I love him haha but glad to know that it would be ok for the hens!!!


    One more question! They have a duck they were gonna give me too lol!! What the heck do I do with the duck!? I want it but I know nothing about them
    Are they ok with the rooster and hens?
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Do you know what breed and if the duck is male or female? If it's a male, it can cause some serious injuries trying to breed with you hens.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, you don't want a male duck, female ducks can be fine with chickens, ducks in general are really messy especially about water so you may have to rearrange how you water the chickens also. You might like to check out the Ducks forum https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
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  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received some great advice above.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Maybe it would be best to learn how to raise the chickens first. I have a feeling everyone is going to dump, err I mean gift you with birds they don't want. Welcome to BYC
     
  10. chicken cutie

    chicken cutie In the Brooder

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    Thanks, my current chickens were given to me by family as I was telling them I had planned to get chickens soon and they were helping me get a start,

    I appreciate everyone's help. I have learned a ton and have become completely addicted to this site



     

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