My daughter is handicapped and I am renovating our 8' x 16' garden shed based on thespoiledchickens brilliant coop design with PDZ poop boards. It is very difficult for my daughter to bend down and the waist height poop boards will be perfect for her. I hope you all don't mind me asking a few questions...
We currently have 7 silkies, 2 polish and 10 LF chicks (BO, SLW,GLW, EE). Based on your experiences, do you think our silkies could be integrated into one large flock (with the other breeds) and use one long poop board and roost? I could add a ladder...or even install a lower height poop board/roost underneath the waist high unit if necessary.
Right now the silke chicks are together with the polish chicks and have no problems. They havent been introduced to the other older chicks yet. Any thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Polish love to roost high as they can in my experience. My bird "Dinner" used to roost in the garage roof beams rather than with the rest of the flock.
Silkies will roost low cause they cannot get airborn.Just introduce them as young as you can to get them used to the idea.....or they just might huddle forever.
Once introduced, you will get a kick out of how "birds of a feather flock together". It is so darn true. They have their own little gangs and gang fights at times.
Polish tend to startle easily because of their large top hats. I love them because they are quirky birds. Very inquisitive mine was.