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Can I mix a silkie chicken with other breeds

post #1 of 9
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Hello,
    I was thinking of possibly getting a silkie chicken to put in with my delaware, ameracauna, austrolop, brahma, and sex link. Is this ok to do????? And are they good egg layers? My chickens are about 12 weeks old.  I do not know much about silkies except they are cute and lay small eggs.

post #2 of 9

There are several threads on this board about Silkie crosses.  They are very interesting and cute when they are crossed.  So apparently it is done.  I have just gotten a Silkie rooster and he will be the rooster for my flock, and as you can see by my signature, I have quite a variety and should get some great crosses when I'm ready to let some eggs hatch.

Also, I did rehome my full size mutt rooster.  He was too big and I was really afraid he was going to hurt my silkie.  Silkie rooster is better out there I think.

Good luck, and do a search on here for "Silkie Crosses" you will enjoy the pictures!

Currently looking for the following breeds for our flock (POL Pullets)

Marans, ISA Browns, Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas

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Currently looking for the following breeds for our flock (POL Pullets)

Marans, ISA Browns, Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas

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post #3 of 9

Here is one of the crosses that they are doing:
          http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=416003

Easter Eggers:  Ginger Red Rooster over 10 hens of various colors

Naked Necks:  1 rooster over 5 hens of various colors.

Crested Easter Eggers:  Silver (Has a spangled breast) rooster over 6 hens of various colors.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/872828/the-designer-egg-chain-swap-chat-thread

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/aloha-chickens

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Easter Eggers:  Ginger Red Rooster over 10 hens of various colors

Naked Necks:  1 rooster over 5 hens of various colors.

Crested Easter Eggers:  Silver (Has a spangled breast) rooster over 6 hens of various colors.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/872828/the-designer-egg-chain-swap-chat-thread

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/aloha-chickens

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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

I better clarify my question. I do not want to breed the silkie with my others, I just want to make sure they will get along. They are all hens.

post #5 of 9

They should get along fine if they all put into the pen at the same time, or if they are free rangeing they should get along fine.  Of course they are like alot of humans sometimes and will fuss among themselves.

Easter Eggers:  Ginger Red Rooster over 10 hens of various colors

Naked Necks:  1 rooster over 5 hens of various colors.

Crested Easter Eggers:  Silver (Has a spangled breast) rooster over 6 hens of various colors.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/872828/the-designer-egg-chain-swap-chat-thread

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/aloha-chickens

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Easter Eggers:  Ginger Red Rooster over 10 hens of various colors

Naked Necks:  1 rooster over 5 hens of various colors.

Crested Easter Eggers:  Silver (Has a spangled breast) rooster over 6 hens of various colors.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/872828/the-designer-egg-chain-swap-chat-thread

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/aloha-chickens

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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by bobbi16 

Hello,
    I was thinking of possibly getting a silkie chicken to put in with my delaware, ameracauna, austrolop, brahma, and sex link. Is this ok to do????? And are they good egg layers? My chickens are about 12 weeks old.  I do not know much about silkies except they are cute and lay small eggs.


My silkie does fine with all of my other chickens.  I have Serama Bantams, my silkie, 2 ameraucanas, 1 australorp, 1 buff orpington, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Silver Laced Wyndotte, and 1 Cuckoo Marans ... they all get along fine.  Mine is funny because she is blue and the ameraucanas are blue, and they all are bffs smile  One of the ameraucanas tries to snuggle under Flo (silkie) to sleep at night.  They're always together, except if treats are going round, then it's every chicken for itself.

One awesome hubby and son (6 1/2 yrs old) ... 2 chihuahuas, 1 lab, 1 bengal cat, 1 brown headed parrot, fish, 3 russian tortoises, 2 Crested Geckos, and ... 7 sweet big chickens (1 RIR, 1 BO, 1 SLW, 1CM, 1 Austraulorp hen, 1 Blue Ameraucana hen, 1 silkie hen, 5 super cute older Seramas and cute chicks
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One awesome hubby and son (6 1/2 yrs old) ... 2 chihuahuas, 1 lab, 1 bengal cat, 1 brown headed parrot, fish, 3 russian tortoises, 2 Crested Geckos, and ... 7 sweet big chickens (1 RIR, 1 BO, 1 SLW, 1CM, 1 Austraulorp hen, 1 Blue Ameraucana hen, 1 silkie hen, 5 super cute older Seramas and cute chicks
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post #7 of 9

aww, I see.  Yes, mine actually is top dog in the pen and gets a long good with everyone, unless they do something annoying.  Although she is the littlest, she is top of the pecking order.

Currently looking for the following breeds for our flock (POL Pullets)

Marans, ISA Browns, Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas

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Currently looking for the following breeds for our flock (POL Pullets)

Marans, ISA Browns, Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas

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post #8 of 9

Hello and welcome-byc

Silkies are not good layers. They go broody a lot and if you want one mainly for eggs they aren't a good choice but if you want one for a pet go for it. smile

You might want to consider getting two (or more) adding new chickens is easier if there is more than one for the flock to focus it's attention on. I recently intergrated three Silkies into my main pen and they like to stick toghther. Do watch how the other girls act, some chickens find the fluffy feathers interesting and peck them. Also check the Silkie's eyes aren't hidden behind fluff, if they are carefully trim it out of the way. I didn't have this problem but some do and you want them to be able to see well so they can get away from the other girls if they are pecking at them.

Have fun with your chickens. big_smile

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12 Broodies and counting...

saladin wrote: With fowl there is no such thing as maintaining. You are either improving a breed or they are degenerating.

 

MAHONRI'S 3RD ANNUAL, BYC EASTER HATCH-A-LONG!!!! Join us! You know you want too!
 

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post #9 of 9

We mixed a Blue Silkie Rooster with a White EE and we got this:


Dad: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/60685_dsc00108.jpg

Mom when she was younger: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/60685_dsc07317.jpg

Baby: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/60685_dsc09480.jpg

                   http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/60685_dsc09533.jpg

                   http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/60685_dsc09485.jpg


Edited by I-Have-Happy-Hens - 7/29/11 at 10:51am
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