Hi! I have a small flock (1 black silkie roo (Penguin) and 5 hens (speckled sussex (Agnes), cuckoo marans (Stella), white silkie (Mugatu), black australorp (Dottie) and ameraucana (Artemis))
The silkies hang out all the time and are definitely a mating pair. I've witnessed this and can see it in the eggs- may consider hatching later but not a priority right now. I'm happy they band together, even if its so they can run away from the bullies together. jk the other hens aren't bad.
My question is this: the big hens want nothing to do with Penguin and that's fine since I'm not particularly interested in breeding at this point. I'd really want a large but GENTLE roo (thinking a brahma???) for both protection and looks. Gentle is KEY, quietness is a big plus. My chickens are free range at times but depends on the season and if I'm home/what the predators seem to be up to that day- we have foxes, coyotes, raccoons and hawks galore. So I'd want a roo that could attempt to protect the flock from these threats yet be gentle enough to accept the other roo as well as me/my bf/my german shepherd/husky mix. I was thinking that since the "big girls" don't consider the silkie head honcho that adding another roo wouldn't cause too much upheaval? I also hear that more than one roo may reduce the crowing (penguin crows ALL the TIME). I don't mind but I'm trying to be a good neighbor.
Is this possible with a brahma? or other breed for that matter? I would consider adding another hen or two if if would help the roos get along but not much more since we already have more eggs than we can eat and have chickens because we like them as "value added" pets but not trying to get into the egg business. I love my penguin but honestly he thinks he's a lot tougher than he actually is and flock safety is important to us! That being said, his safety is really important to me as well and I don't want to add a rooster that could likely hurt him or worse.
Any feedback graciously welcome! I need chicken experts to help me convince the bf that more chickens = good idea! :)