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Red sex links bully my silkies?

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I have 7 reds and 2 white silkies. I'm seeing white pin feathers on my run floor but not red feathers. Are my silkies getting bullied?one of my silkies may be a Roo. And I noticed this morning at feeding time that the Reds would gang up on my possible Roo. And he/she is the last to eat. My reds are also pecking at each other. They have toys. Plenty of food. Plenty of fresh water daily. And enough room according to guidelines I've read. I put in additional roosting perches so he/she could escape incase he/she was being bullied. They've all been raised together. Help! I did notice he seems to be trying to mount them sometimes it seems. They're 4 months old.
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I have 7 reds and 2 white silkies. I'm seeing white pin feathers on my run floor but not red feathers. Are my silkies getting bullied?one of my silkies may be a Roo. And I noticed this morning at feeding time that the Reds would gang up on my possible Roo. And he/she is the last to eat. My reds are also pecking at each other. They have toys. Plenty of food. Plenty of fresh water daily. And enough room according to guidelines I've read. I put in additional roosting perches so he/she could escape incase he/she was being bullied. They've all been raised together. Help! I did notice he seems to be trying to mount them sometimes it seems. They're 4 months old.

In my experience, and not a good one.

Red birds should only be with Red birds. They are aggressive with other birds of other colours and different feathers.

It also is the Roo mounting the hens...

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Production reds, which include red sex- links and hatchery RIRs, have been very aggressive hens in my flock, and I no longer have them.  Silkies are small and fragile, and might have problems with many other chickens, but especially your reds.  It's a bad combination, IMO, and they should have separate digs.  Mary

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I'm so sad but my silkies must get a new home. Thank you everyone for the input
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