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Hi there!

I've just recently purchased two beautiful bantam silkies!

I'm new to keeping silkies and finding them slightly high maintance too my other hens (golden sex links)

I also have another problem, my hen keeps really attacking one of my silkies to the point I'm thinking of re-homing her which is a shame as she's a fantastic egg layer.

Does anyone have any advice, hints or tips too keeping silkies and how to make my other hen lay off her... I only have 4 chickens all in all so seperAting them is a problem.


Thank you in advance
post #2 of 5

:welcome

 

Without a period of time for the existing flock to get used to seeing the new birds, there will be some serious tussles. Your existing birds will see the new girls as interlopers. Before giving up one of your good egg layers, I'd find a way of temporarily separating them. Can you section off just a little bit of the coop and run? Or give the new girls a small dog crate for a week or two in the run so they all get used to each other before mixing them together?

 

Silkies are very popular and if you put that in the Search box, you'll get back a lot of threads.

 

Good luck to you.

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I have never owned silkies so I can not offer you any first-hand advise.   I just wanted to say, "welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

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post #5 of 5

Silkies and Polish chickens tend to get picked on because they don't look at all like ordinary chickens.  Also with their huge crests, their vision is obscured, so they tend to be sitting ducks.  If you can't  partition them off, why not consider having the silkies as house chickens.  They are small, and adapt well to confinement.  My friend has 2 silkies and 2 seramas are house pets.  She has had chickens for more than 25 years, various breeds but, silkies are her favorites .

 

You might try checking out the "people with house chickens,"  thread to see just how many keep them as house pets, and how they do it.  Silkies don't fly and they prefer to pile up on the floor in a corner to sleep.  The two of them should do very well in the house,  and maybe you can just have a small tractor for them so they get some fresh air.

 

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