I love my mixed flock. I have RI reds, barred rocks, and wyandottes that were my first flock ever.They are 1 year old now and I love them! Once I did more research on different breeds and how they looked I couldnt help but want to add more. I have been reading up on how to introduce new chickens into an already existing flock. Which I will only learn as I go and the more knowledge before I get to that point the better!! I am so thankful for all of the advice that I am getting on BYC. My silkies I may make a separate area depending on how they do. Right now my 2 week olds are in a separate area then my day olds because the new babies are too small and timid while my 2 week old are very lively!! Thank you everyone. BYC is a great site! Especially for newbies like myself!
Many owners can successfully mix their breeds. But thru reading on BYC 50% or more Silkie owners have suggested keeping them separate from heavier LF and I personally wish I had heeded that advice. I thought I knew better and nearly lost a Silkie to a heavy Marans attack. 3 yrs later a Leghorn went bonkers. I was lucky to have the Leghorn stay nice for so long but eventually the crotchety old biddies can really get mean - it's a chicken thing. Since I don't have space to have separate pens/runs for different breeds, I had to research what LF breeds were smaller, gentler, and had a non-combative reputation before melding them with my Silkies. Silkies are tough little birds and can really jump high but can't fly away from danger -- so having a 7 or 8-lb LF attack a 2-lb Silkie isn't an equal flock match IMO so I just don't tempt fate by having heavy breeds. Everyone has to make their own choice and you're right -- BYC has a lot of opinions and food for thought to help us get through some tough times. Meanwhile, truly enjoy your breeds! They will be sweet as pullets and some develop different attitudes as adults.