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Q: Can different chicken breeds cross-breed?

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Yes, they can! 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 he is a different breed or even if the hens 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, many of the breeds we offer at My Pet Chicken are designer cross-breeds, and the results are spectacular: wonderful plumage colors, fantastic new egg colors, prolific egg-laying, friendly personalities and ultra-hardiness.

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 a secret breeding combinations of chocolate egg layers and blue egg layers, 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.