Will mixed flock result in sterile offspring?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SQContrary, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. SQContrary

    SQContrary Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mixed flock of hens and one rooster -- my question is, if I hatch the eggs from the mixed chickens and raise them... do I have to worry that they might be sterile? I would like to raise my own chickens, but sure enjoy a mixed flock. Any advice in this area? Also, I am hoping to hatch via broody hen. Would Cochin be the way to go for that?
    Thanks!!
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    No worries about sterility. They gladly and joyfully breed. Some breeds produce broody hens with more regularity.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I had a huge flock of mostly mixed breeds and we had no problem with hatching their eggs. We got a really interesting looking bunch of chicks too!
     
  4. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several breeds of hens in my flock along with a few different breeds of roosters too. No problems here.
     
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    The only time they would be sterel I think is if they were super INbred or if you got a turkey crossed with a chicken or soemthing then those hybreds are sterle , chickens though all came from the same place so can breed just fine,
     
  6. WestVermont

    WestVermont Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have pics of mixed breed chickens they can share? Would be interesting to see out comes!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've got 100's of pics of my flock LOL I had an Australorp-X-something hen, a not pure RIR roo, their son, a couple of Lohmann Brown hens (white) a Boschveld Indigenous hen and these were some of the results:


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    Most of my mix breed hens were fantastic layers, very good moms and bonus for me was they never molted!
     
  8. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a fair question, but all chooks from Jungle Fowl to Jersey giants, are the same species
    therefore they can readily breed with each other.
     
  9. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I've heard cochins are one of the best mothers they are! I've seen some pretty cute crossbreeds, like and orpinton and an americana. As far as I know, they are like a 'normal' chicken!
     
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  10. WalkingOnSunshine

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    Here's a lovely little Leghorn/RIR mix pullet:
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