Hi All, first-time rooster owner looking for some advice.
Recently we got a new silkie hen ~1-1.5 years old, and she came with her son - a half silkie half ameracauna. I'm not sure what their living conditions were, but I am pretty sure they were neglected, as they are very very skittish, are unusually skinny. They have not even attempted to socialize with our other hens since they were introduced, mostly because the roo is so protective of his mother. The two of them hang out by themselves all day, and when our other chickens try to come near them to check them out the rooster throws himself in front of his mom and tries to keep them away, or runs away himself and she follows. Same when any of us humans go near them. He's also trying to mate with his mom occasionally, which I know is normal behavior, but she has not even been laying since we got her, and we have a couple other broody hens who we were hoping he would be into. Anytime he gets separated from his mom he starts freaking out. Is there anything we can do to cure them of this insular behavior? I'm just not sure if this is normal, or if it is perhaps the result of them having been neglected previously, and what, if anything, I should do to socialize them. I'm thinking about separating the rooster in a different pen out of sight for a while to see if the hen will start to hang out with the other birds, because with him around she can't go anywhere without him. Or should I let them do their thing and hope they eventually get used to the other birds?
Any input greatly appreciated!