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Heavyweight contest?

09:45 23 January 2013

As long as the heavy breeds you choose are roughly the same size and age then they will be fine

As long as the heavy breeds you choose are roughly the same size and age then they will be fine

Archant

I am looking to keep four to six chickens and although they will all be heavyweight breeds, I hadn’t intended to have more than one of each breed. I’ve been told that this is a disaster waiting to happen, but have not be told why.

Charlotte Popescu says:

This will not be a disaster. As long as the heavy breeds you choose are roughly the same size and age, and come from a reputable breeder, then they will be fine. If they have plenty of space, so much the better. Buying hens from different places could be a disaster as they will be stressed after their move and may infect each other, for example with mycoplasma (a nasty chicken cold); they will also not know each other and may fight while establishing a pecking order

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