Cinnamon Queens, Paint Strippers, and Showgirl Chickens: It’s Hip to Have Hybrids

Exotic chicken cross breeds: pictures of stunning hybrids!

Cinnamon Queens, Paint Strippers, and Showgirl Chickens: It’s Hip to Have Hybrids
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 6 minutes Showgirls, Strippers, Cinnamon Queens … yes, we’re talking about poultry. What are Showgirl chickens and how are Strippers different? Last summer I purchased four chicks; three true breeds and a hybrid. My selection process was only guided by the fact that I wanted four different looking chicks, to keep them identifiable. The hybrid I purchased was an Austra White chicken, also known as a White Australorp. She quickly was christened with the name: Betty White Australorp. Austra White chickens are usually a cross between Black Australorp roosters and White Leghorn hens. What makes them and other hybrids popular is heterosis or hybrid vigor. For example, the White Australorps are calmer than a leghorn, have a better feed to egg production rations than their parents, and produce copious amounts of large eggs. Another popular reason why chickens are crossbred is to create sex-linked hybrid

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