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Hello everyone- my neighbor is giving me 6 chickens (8 weeks old) and my wife bought 4 silkies (3 weeks old) - were getting the 6 chickens very soon , but would we be able to mix the 4 silkies in with them? And if so how soon ?
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post #2 of 5

Keep them in pens near each other and then when the silkies are off heat allow them to see each for another week . Then when you are can moniter them for the day introduce them to each other, there may be some fighting but don't stop it unless it gets too nasty.

post #3 of 5

Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest reading up on the subject matter. Personally i would not attempt to mix them until the silkies are around 6 weeks old.

 

These links may help when you do decide to integrate them. 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

 

Best of luck

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Usually chicks that grew up together get along  but, silkies (and also polish) tend to be picked on because they look  so different.  Silkies are also much more likely to be attacked by predators (need more safeguarding) because their crests and beards obscure their vision.  Also silkie wing feathers are not good for flying.  They can jump but, that's about it.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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