what is a "designer" chicken?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MNmommy, May 15, 2009.

  1. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    central MN
    I have heard this term and wondered what is a designer chicken???
  2. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
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  3. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

    Jun 18, 2007
    I do believe its just a kinder name for a mutt chicken?
  4. cozycritters

    cozycritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    Yeah, just a mutt chicken [​IMG]
  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    A designer chicken is one which has been deliberately made to look a certain way, often made using a knowledge of genetics.
    In ducks there were many designer ducks made from the runners....all of the newer runner based breeds such as Campbells, Harlequins, Appleyards etc. etc. are considered to be designer ducks. [​IMG]
  6. what eggs

    what eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    I have seen it used when people are trying to create a consistent
    "new" chicken with specific features by combining two different breeds. I think it is also used as a replacement for what is otherwise called mutts or barnyard mixes.
  7. jywel417

    jywel417 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2009
    Just like designer dogs, but with a smaller price tag [​IMG] A mutt.

    When ppl call the vet and tell us they want a (fill in any breed here)doodle, we tell them to go to the shelter. They can get a perfectly good mixed breed there for around $80 that comes microchipped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, etc etc vs going to a "breeder" and paying over $1000 for a "labradoodle" aka mutt [​IMG]

    Personally, I prefer designer chickens over designer dogs any day !!!
  8. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    A designer chicken is one who sports designer custom made chicken wear as seen in this photo:


  9. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Quote:[​IMG] Thanks for clearing up the confusion!
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Mutt implies anywhichever breeding--let the birds run free and do what they do. Which is fine; I have a few of those that I wouldn't trade for the world.

    In specific, one is a silkieXbrahma and another is a silkieXd'uccle. If I were to deliberately try to recreate these two guys: a "brahsilk' and a "d'uckie," those deliberate crossings would be designer birds.

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