My daighter wants to get a white silkie. Problem is how would they do in a coup with 5 Buff Orpingtons if I got them all as chicks? My buffs are coming June 10 and I thought I could get a silkie at the same time and let them get to know each other. The other thing is she would have to stay in the coop while the ladies free range. Our coop is 45 square feet not including the run which is 18'x6'. Do they need company? Should I get a second one?
I should've paid attention when I was advised not to mix Silkies with large fowl. I learned the hard way. A 2-lb Silkie doesn't have much of a chance with 6 or 7-lb large fowl Buff Orps when pecking order squabbles happen as adults. My 2 Silkie day-olds were raised with 4 large fowl day-old chicks and the large fowl chicks grew larger and faster than the Silkie chicks and pecked at them. With the soft skulls on Silkie crests it's not a good idea to mix them with large fowl chicks. People say they have no problem but I personally wouldn't want to take the chance with soft Silkie skull crests. A Silkie really shouldn't be the only bantam in a large fowl flock.