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Q: Can I hatch the eggs of my chickens if the rooster and hen are different breeds?


There are no problems associated with hatching mixed breed chickens. If you have a rooster in your flock, he will try to breed ALL your hens, nevermind if your rooster and hens are different breeds or even if they are different sizes, bantam and large fowl.

It can be fun to hatch "mixed" eggs, because you never know what you'll get! And actually, Red Stars (a.k.a. Golden Comets, Golden Buffs, Isa Browns etc.) are mixed breed chickens that are quite common, made with the same parent breeds to get productive, friendly chickens. So mixed breed chickens are not even unusual.

Some of our favorite chickens are mixed breeds: for instance, we loved our backyard cross of Faverolles and true-breed Ameraucanas, Favaucanas, so much, we decided to make them available to you! They are gorgeous, friendly layers of pretty green eggs. And our Olive Eggers, bred from our secret breeding combinations of Marans, Cream Legbars, Welsummers, and Blue Ameraucanas, will blow minds with their gorgeous dark green eggs.

If you show chickens, mixed breeds cannot be used for show, but some of the prettiest birds we've ever seen are mixed breeds. Some of the weirdest and quirkiest looking are mixed breeds, too--we won't lie! This here fella is from our Fun and Funky collection, which is a favorite amongst backyarders.

quirky chicken

Plus, because a few generations down the line you may not know exactly what to expect when your little chick pops out of its shell, the beauty of the birds can be wonderfully surprising! In fact, you may be the ONLY person in the world to have a chicken with those particular genes, so each one is precious and unique.