Hi, Bennie here.
We have a nice flock of 23 Guineas and were thinking of possibly adding chickens.
The two breeds most fascinating to me are Ameraucanas and Silkies.
We have tons of questions - some of which do not seem to have been answered in previous threads - so here we go:
Does anyone know what the biggest challenges are when one has never had chickens (what may be a learning curve) when one comes from Guinea Fowl only?
I understand that one may obtain fertile eggs of Ameraucanas from a BYC member - I need help with the obvious: when you get a few roosters hatching, do you have to kill or try to sell the extra males?
How well do you think one male would get along with the Guineas?
With Guineas, we were able to keep all babies and we have 11 males and that works ok. With chickens that won't work, right?
I am not sure I can kill the extra roosters (or cull, as some folks prefer to call it).
Do you think Silkies would fit into such an assortment or be hurt by the Guineas and Ameraucanas?
I love the blue eggs and would raise them on organic feed to eat the eggs - Silkies are just so pretty and may be great to hatch a few Ameraucanas or even Guinea eggs, right?
Any advice much appreciated! or links to previous posts if I missed them.