Which cross would you keep?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hmlongino, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. hmlongino

    hmlongino Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Fayetteville, GA
    I have some crosses both in the bator and under a broody right now. I want to keep a few of them to fill the gap in egg production (I have pure breeds, too, but just not enough in the bator to meet the egg need), so I want good layers, but I am hoping they would also look cool in the yard! [​IMG]

    I was wondering if anyone knew what these crosses would look like as adults, and what you think their egg production would be like (frequent layer/winter hearty)?

    The roo was a wheaten Araucana, the hens are white leghorns, buff orps, barred rocks, RIR, and Red Stars. (Or, would you hold out for the buff orp roo with any of these girls?)

    This all assumes I can pick out which one is which when they pop out from under Broody Momma! Chances are, I'll have no clue... but I can't help thinking about which ones I might want to keep! (If anyone has pics of chicks or adults of any of these crosses, that would be splendid!)

    Thanks for your expertise!

  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    If you want egg production anything but the orpingtons would be good. I don't know if it's just me but my orpingtons are the worst layers in my whole flock.
  3. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    I'm getting a bunch of hatching eggs this weekend from a Silver Duckwing Araucana (pure bred, tufted and rumpless,) over rose combed brown leghorn hens. I'm hoping for light, active birds that are good light blue egg layers with more breast meat than your average leghorn, but we'll have to wait and see!
  4. gallorojo

    gallorojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    They will all be decent layers, all will be pea combed, bearded and muffed, so, all will be winter hardy. If you want to determine your best layers, google " The Call of the Hen", you can read it online for free. The method outlined in that book works well for determining your best layers.

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