4 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 12 reviews)
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I have 10 hybrid hens and 1 cock they are laying crazy amounts of eggs around 10 per day,great profit as selling the eggs gets enough money to buy feed etc. my breeds are mainly Speckedlys x4,Calder Rangers x4 and White Stars x3. i love my hybrids pick them over pure breeds any day there the best of both worlds!
I have had a few types of hybrid hen in the past and my favourites have to be the copper black and the speckledy, whick I think are both maran based. They not only look good but lay exceptionally well. The speckledy has this beautiful velvety feel to their plumage, I could sit and stroke them all day! Hybrids seem to be the most hardy and fearless hens I've ever had. They are not put off by cold weather and are simply laying machines, they just get on with the job. I have found that they do scratch up the grass more than other chickens so long as you don't mind this they make good pets.
I have a mixed flock of hybrids and pures, and the star has to be Betty my bluebelle - she lays every day - through cold winter, bathing, new hens, moving house etc, She is the very gentle boss of my flock, as she never bullies the others, but is always first to run to food bowl and to decide on bed time. She loves to potter with me, is gentle with my kids and happy with my dog. She is always entertaining (and will never get fat); chasing flies and jumping to reach blossom/leaves. She lives happily in a large run now, but was not so keen on mixed free-range/ run time, becoming restless when returned to the run. My only gripe is she does not like to preen, so is always scruffy, only cleaning up when rained on!
Had less success with a beautiful black rock- hardly ever laid, and did not settle to life in the run; flying over fence with clipped wings and extra strands of wire.
I have a bluebelle, who is extremely friendly, but also very big! She lays eggs jsut about every day (6 a week), a breed which I highly recommend.
I also have a Rhode Rock, who too is friendly, and has just started laying lovely brown eggs. Her feathers are lovely colours and very soft!
Our Suffolk Pied has got stunning colours, but we haven't got any eggs off her yet!
Hardy and lay lots of eggs they can be a bit tough on your garden because they love digging
Wish i got my 3 girls sooner. (Lohmann Brown)
They are really friendly & easy too look after.
Ideal for any beginner & if it's eggs you want, then you won't go far wrong with these.
I have had at least one of just about every hybrid you can get, here is my findings! Speckled hens - Similar to the maran, they are pretty and friendly but lay slightly better and slightly less likely to go broody. Ginger and white mixes- These are all similar characters, bold, friendly tough and lay brilliantly. They will also help you dig up the garden!
Red and black mixes - similar to above but possibly slightly less bullish, some can have beautiful colourings
Sussex style (black with white neck or opposite) - these are my favourite all rounders, friendly good looking and hardy laying plenty of quality eggs, mine have been great with the other hens too.
White hens - wonderful layers of light or white eggs, slightly more scatty than other hybrids but real characters and often smaller too, still laying lovely big eggs.
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Good with children, friendly, inquisitive.
I have 2 hybrid chickens, they're very good and hardy
If you get hybrids you should buy bluebells they're very hardy and friendy and have good eggs
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