Mixed Breeds

On this page I'm placing images of various mixed breed chickens that I find particularly attractive. Some of the most beautiful chickens I've known have been "mutts."


"Marzipan." His mother was a Lakenvelder

"Tourist" got his name from his habit of flying over the fence and exploring the neighborhood. I really love the colors on this bird

"Kit" (6/28/87--7/13/02) was one of my favorite hens. Her mother was a Golden Phoenix hen
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

"Naranjo," an orange rooster for the BatLady
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

"PewterBird" was one of my very first mixed-breed barnyard bantams and one of the prettiest hens I've ever had

"John Doe," A Black Rosecomb bantam and Red Junglefowl cross
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

"Neon John" is "John Doe's" full brother. You can see how a cross between the same pair of birds (of different breeds) can produce offspring with very different features
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

And their half-brother "Sir John," who had the same Red Junglefowl father but a different mother, a Golden Phoenix hen
Photo courtesy of the BatLady

"Thrushette's" mother was a Golden Sebright bantam
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

[Photo of a mixed-breed rooster]

"Kinglet," another Golden Sebright mix
Photo courtesy of Susan Loesser

A Blue Cochin bantam cross, "BellBird" resembles his mother in coloration only
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

I don't know "Glo's" heritage. I picked her up at an auction because I really liked her laced pattern
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

"Gary Gray's" mother was an Ameraucana bantam, father unknown

[Photo of a mixed-breed hen]

"Boring"
OK, so Boring isn't a pretty hen. In fact, she was down right boring to look at, and got her name by the time she was 3 months old. But she developed more personality than Johnny Carson and I needed a place to put her story.

My pal "Blue Jim"
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol
Blue Jim lived in the Juniper tree outside my door since 1986. His mother was my old Golden Phoenix hen "Yukako." He hatched out on May 3, 1986 and passed away at the ripe old age of 11 years and 3 months on August 6, 1997. I'll miss him greeting me at the door every morning. Here's a 572K movie of Blue Jim crowing


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