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Hello!

 

I am new to BackYard Chickens, and have two questions!

 

​I'm kind of new with chickens, so I'm hoping someone can help me!

 

Here is my situation (with some background information): 

 

My family has had chickens a few times before, but it was always my parents taking care of them (I'm 13). But this time, I'm doing everything, and they're basically my chickens. I have 4 silkies right now, and will be getting some rhode island reds soon. I got the silkies from someone I found on craigslist, they are all within a week of each other age-wise. I am getting 2 rhode island reds from a family friend, they are about 1 month old now. I am getting my other rhode island reds (8) from mypetchicken.com. I had the silkies in a bin, and now they're in a kitten/puppy playpen before they go outside (link below). The rhode island reds will follow the same steps (bin, larger bin, playpen). The coop I currently have is something my dad built a few years ago. It's 10x10 I think, maybe 10 feet tall? It's like a small house (doomed roof, windows, etc) It has some nesting boxes, roosting bar, etc. The run is probably 2 1/2 or 3 times the size of the coop (I don't know exactly the size).

 

Ok, so here are my questions:

 

Can the silkies and rhode island reds live together? I have asked a few people, and some say they can, some say I should try, some say they can't. If they can't live together, should I build another coop/run for the silkies?

 

I'm sitting here writing this right near the silkies, and I'm worried they might be fighting. They are periodically chasing each other, foraging in the bedding (I sprinkled some food around as well as in the trough), and laying down/sleeping. One has tried to almost jump/fly onto another one a few times. There are two larger ones and two smaller ones. 

I don't know whats normal and whats not.

 

Here is the pen: http://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Indoor-Outdoor-Plastic-Panels/dp/B00D5P846Y?ie=UTF8&keywords=puppy%20play%20pen&qid=1462889804&ref_=sr_1_2&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-2

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 My silkies and other birds of various sizes and ages live together in perfect harmony just be careful and raise themn relativly close together so they see each other more as family then just other birds.

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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The main purpose of play in young animals is to test out adult behaviors before it really counts. Fun is a great side effect! So, it is likely that they are "play fighting" sort of like puppies wrestling. You'll probably see chest-bumping, pile-driving, and see-how-tall-I-am-taller-than-you that won't mean a whole lot now, but will be used later to establish pecking order.
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The first rule of fight club is never talk about fight club. 

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr View Post
 

The first rule of fight club is never talk about fight club. 

Ok I got a laugh out of that.

 

I too have noticed the standing taller than each other, and chasing, they have now begun the running and jumping across the brooder onto each other.  It's funny to watch as the ones who get bombed scatter and make a clatter, but they all do it to each other.  

Please see our coop and farm here

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1082178/building-a-chicken-moat-run-around-the-garden-in-stages

 

Our flock currently, 3 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks.

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Please see our coop and farm here

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1082178/building-a-chicken-moat-run-around-the-garden-in-stages

 

Our flock currently, 3 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks.

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