Opinions of cross breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Stormhorse23, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    What do you guys think of cross breeding? Just for pets. Nothing extreme. Just banties. Are there any bad points?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    No downside, really, I guess. Just depends on what you want. There is such a thing as "hybrid vigor". Some of my favorite birds are crosses of two purebreds, like my RIR/Buff Orp pullet, Meg, who lays consistently and many times, double yolkers. rooster-red just bought my two pullets who are Easter Egger/Barred Rock crosses and just beautiful. Very good layers, super friendly.
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  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    The only downside is you cannot re-breed the hybrids. The genetics go to chaos after the F1 mating. So as long as you keep purebreeds to do your crosses with, making hybrids is TONS of fun. Also, because of heterotosis, you'll find the F1 hybrids to often out perform their parent strains, live longer and have greater disease resistance. And when you get really good at making your own hybrids, then you can move onto ducks!
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Would it be terrible to breed my mix pullet when she matures? She's the one I talk endlessly about, Seastar. It would be to a pure bred frizzle probably. I just want to keep her personality, but try to improve hardiness and appearance. I know frizzles a good natured, so is it a good match?
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I am not really into the ornamental breeds, so I won't beging to speculate. I do know that the more colorful breeds/colors have been selected simply for color, rather than production qualities. Therefore, it may be hopeless trying to get strains of high egg production, or disease resistance, or longevity out of parent stock that were over-selected for feather color to begin with.
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I think it is fine! your pets:jumpy

    I grew up with pure bread dogs! allergies, bone problems, etc...

    I think mutts are stronger better temperment [​IMG]

    wouldn't a cochin/leghorn be great to have around great personality lays everyday! [​IMG]
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Nothing is wrong with it if you are just keeping them as pets. Nothing beats F1 generations though.
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    i bred my aricona bantam female with my red frizzle bantams and got 2 chicks, they have frizzled feathers and puffy cheek . but today i realized they have 5 [email protected]!!!!!!! there back toe has a toe growing out of it. like omg.!!! [​IMG]
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  9. Happyhenz

    Happyhenz Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    Canberra Australia
    The only downside is you cannot re-breed the hybrids.

    Does that mean that my New hampshire x leghorn hens wont breed?
    Or my Production reds?

    Im not sure now?

    I had cross breeds that procreated when i was a kid......or i think i did???

    Can someone please help me to understand

    Cheers Happyhenz​
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Oh, they will breed. They can breed into crosses of like 50 different things. Just that the initial traits you were breeding for, like egg production in a sexlink, won't be there in the F2 generation crosses. If they are just pets though and you don't care about the production traits, it doesn't really matter.

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