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Best breed for my cuckoo Maran cock?!

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So last year I decided that I wanted to keep some chicken. I chose a variety. I have two groups. One group is about 4 weeks older than the other. Each group has a cockerel (didn't know they were at the time, was just luck they ended up in separate groups).Anyway I digress...

I have 3 silkies that I added 2 cuckoo Marans too. The Marans are only a few weeks younger. They're nearly a year now and have gotten on well until recently. I have my suspicions that 1 of the silkies is a cockerel (although doesn't look much different to the hens). The problem is my Maran is quite large and horny! The 3 hens just aren't enough for him and the poor silkies feathers are suffering from being overused, so to speak. I want to separate the silkies and have them as a group of three. That leaves the cockerel Maran and hen. I want to get him another 3/4 hens but was wondering what the best breed would be? He's very dominant and overprotective so would like a breed of hen that can stick up for themself a bit!

Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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My Welsummer hen can totally stand up for herself and she is a good size and "should be no problem" for him ;)

My friends Opringtons and Jerseys stand up for themselves too <3

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Thanks for your response. Think it may be easier for me to get Orpington's. Which suits me as I wouldn't mind having more smile.png
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