Too mixed for a mixed flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by belibutn, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. belibutn

    belibutn Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    East TN
    My wife and I are wanting to get some egg layers, and we somehow decided on 5 as a good number. The one must is the eggs have to be 'large'. It's just too hard to adjust recipes for small or jumbo sized eggs.

    We definitely want an araucana as one. After doing tons of reading and research, I want a red sexlink / red star as another, since they are such good consistent layers. The buff orpington is another I want, but I fear broodiness, but feel they can be great layers as long as that doesn't happen. The last two I am interested in are a maran and a welsummer. I really like the look of them both - as long as the maran isn't cuckoo... not sure why, I just don't like the look of those. but I love the egg colors of them.

    So I ended up thinking that one of each is what I would do. But is one of each a good idea? Am I going to have to worry about breeds not getting along, or any silliness like that?
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    If they are raised together you should have no problem with them getting along!
  3. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    I can't answer your questions about whether they'll get along or not, as I'm a total chicken newbie and waiting for mine to arrive next Tuesday.

    However, I ordered six - one each of:

    Buff Orpington
    Black Australorp
    Silver-laced Wyandote
    Gold-laced Wyandote
    White Plymouth Rock

    I was going for a variety of colors but also wanted them to be good layers and cold hardy. The friend that ordered with me got a similar variety.

    Oh, and for good measure I threw in three magpie ducks!

    I kind of think as long as they are all the same age they'll get along fine.

    I also was looking for mellow type species as we have kids, dogs, etc.

    I'll let you know how it goes!
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Yep! What Kanchii said! [​IMG]


    Your flock is going to be gorgeous! [​IMG]

  5. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    i have a Rhode island red. 2barred rocks. 1 cornish x. 1 maran. 1 millie fleur and 2 other bantams and they get along great. I have some younger mixed chicks that get along fine in the brooder 12 of em and 29 mixed eggs in the incubator. My homegirl "yellow dragon" hooked me up with the eggs from her and her mom's mixed flocks. [hey've been at it alot longer than me they have brahmas.dominiques.frizzles.silkies.polish.buff orpingtons.cochins. It doesnt get more mixed than that...= want one or two of every kind someday. Its too hard to just pick one.
  6. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    I have 9 week old new hamshire reds, rex sexlink, buff orps, and americanas in one pen (30 chickens). they have been together since day one. They get along great. once they get their pecking order going it will be fine.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    One of each will be fine.

    About egg sizes...

    They will all start small, go to medium, get to large, x large, and most likely jumbo at 2-3 years. Commercial birds are often culled and sent to soup before they are mature enough to lay jumbos. A tiny bit more egg in a recipe shouldn't hurt it. [​IMG]
  8. belibutn

    belibutn Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    East TN
    Great, that makes me feel a lot better. Thanks for the info, folks [​IMG]
  9. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    My mixed flock works very well together and our eggs are large and sometimes we do get the occasional JUMBO but its great.... [​IMG]

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