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I've ordered 2 buff brahma bantams, 2 mottled Cochin bantams, 2 Easter Egger bantams and 12 Silkies for July 5th! As a first time chicken mommy I've been doing tons of research. Several articles I've read said that I need to keep my silkies separated from my other chickens as much as possible! Is this true and necessary? I'm building one coop and was hoping to house them all together. I'm not sure what to do at this point. Please advise me!
Thank you so much!
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Well, my 2-3 week old silkie chicks are mixed in with everyone in the brooder and no one picks on them. One of the silkies is built like a linebacker and chest bumps just about anyone who responds to (presumably his) jump/flaps. I am planning on housing them in a coop with the bantam cochins and polish just to keep all my broody-ish, predator-susceptible, likely-to-get-picked-on-by-standards breeds in one place.
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Hi 

I have a question about silkies as well. I love them but I live where it is always raining (not kidding!). I heard that they can't get wet or muddy, so I have never gotten them. Also can they stand up to the standard breed ok? Thats the only size that I have and I would be afraid that the big roosters would crush them.

I am a God fearing child of the Lord, living in the Evergreen State. 

I love books including but not limited to... the Bible, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Wings of Fire. 

I have a mini farm with around 50 chickens, 10 ducks, 2 Great Danes, and 3 farm cats, and five kittens born on June 10!

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I am a God fearing child of the Lord, living in the Evergreen State. 

I love books including but not limited to... the Bible, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Wings of Fire. 

I have a mini farm with around 50 chickens, 10 ducks, 2 Great Danes, and 3 farm cats, and five kittens born on June 10!

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Originally Posted by zookeepersgirl View Post

Hi 
I have a question about silkies as well. I love them but I live where it is always raining (not kidding!). I heard that they can't get wet or muddy, so I have never gotten them. Also can they stand up to the standard breed ok? Thats the only size that I have and I would be afraid that the big roosters would crush them.


it's true they can't get wet, here's why, regular breeds feathers she'd water but silkies feathers are more like fur. if they get wet they can't she'd the water and it will soak them to the bone.
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Well it rains everywhere so unless those who own silkies live in a desert not sure how they keep from getting wet! You can cover your run like I am!
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Zookeersgirl, look up Silkies and the rain in the search on Backyardchickens. Many people have silkies and they do get wet. Read the threads. I think if you have a covered run they would be just fine!
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