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A hybrid chicken is a cross between two pure breeds of chicken, like Rhode Island Red and Maran, making a physically blended generation…
e.g. Speckledy (Rhode Island X Maran).
Hybrid chickens are usually bred for higher egg-laying output than pure breeds within the 1st year of laying.
Typically, you could expect to receive anywhere between 250-300 eggs per year from a hybrid chicken, in year one.
Hybrids don’t have good consecutive year egg-laying consistency.
Their performance tends to dip as much as 20% in year two.
But occasionally hybrids can nick or exceed pure breed parent output.
This process otherwise known as nicking or ‘hybrid vigor’.
Some example hybrids…
Golden Rock, is a cross between Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock.
An excellent free ranger, it can be favourably reared in the open outdoors or harsh wether conditions.
Therefore, it makes for a great garden or allotment layer hen.
The Columbine is a hybrid that is renowned for producing blue-green eggs 85% of the time.
They’re sold for about £20 per bird in the UK.
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