Would hatchery Shamos be able to live with a mix flock of standard size hens if they were all chicks of similar age? Reason I asked, in trying to get the husband person interested in the "lets have chickens" he of course fell in love with the T-Rexes of the chicken world and was excited with the possibility of having them in the yard. Ideal has them up now, and I could get a couple pullets shipped around the same time my order with MyPetChicken will be coming with my ameracauna, EE, marans and dark cornish chicks. I suppose if the shamos start to cause issues I could build a special evil chicken pad by the garden and they could live in style separately. Just curious if anyone tried to a weird combo like this and have it work?
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I always have a mixed flock. While I haven't had Shamos, I've had "Saipan," Kraienkoppe and Sumatra. My experience is that if gotten from the hatchery as day-olds together in a box, they're fine. Add younger birds later and there will be some aggression. I only kept pullets--cockerels were certainly aggressive with each other early--especially the Saipan.
ETA: I agree the Cornish would certainly be a good alternative.
ETAx2: and I'm not saying Shamos will not give you problems, since as mentioned, I've never had them. My Saipan have come from Ideal and Cackle. Kraienkoppe from Ideal--and is the breed that visitors remarked on the most.
Edited by popsicle - 1/18/16 at 8:55am
Thanks! Ya I am worried about the game tendencies being there even being a hatchery strain. It is nice to know that you got your Saipan from Ideal and it worked out. I will give it a go, and watch for issues, there will only two of them, and if it looks like it will not be a happy combo I will have time now to get a special coop made just for them and hopefully two pullets would be happy enough together. I tried to get the husband to go for the standard size cornish (I think they are pretty darn cute in an angry stocky way) but he does not like them at all. Oh well, what can ya do.