Hey! How are you all? :) I have a flock of 10 birds, now 13 after today.
The existing flock was
1x barred rock rooster
5x ISA brown hens (like an Aussie version of a Red Star i guess)
1x white sussex hen (whoppa)
3x 8week old chicks.
It's been a while since we've had all these chooks, but this week they've finally all been roosting together. It only took about 2 months before it happened, but it's happening now :D even the 3 chicks are too! (which we still dont entirely know the sexes of yet)
Anyway, I decided that I wanted to get some silkies so that they can raise some of their own baby chicks without me having to incubate and all. I found out they were $40 bucks each, and so I only took one, cause I also wanted to get my mum 2 guinea fowl as well. $80 bucks for all that. Now I know I should have bought another silkie so that they can be friends and all, but eh. I thought one would be okay.
I've had the little seperate cage set up for ages for when this has to happen, the "quarantine" cage so that they can see each other but not attack. I put the guinea fowl birds in there straight away because I knew that they have to be locked up for a fair while before they know where "home" is. I decided to test the waters and put the silkie straight in the coop with the other hens.
Of course, the rooster came over and did the whole dance thing next to it, and then some of the other hens came up and wildly pecked it. I scooped up the silkie and put it in the cage with the two guineas for about half an hour, took her out and put her back in. The rooster came over and danced again, and then tried pecking at her too! I let them go for a bit just to see if it would be much of a struggle, and let her go through. These other ISA Browns were going crazy when she went near them, so I decided to lock her back in the cage.
I'm thinking maybe, tomorrow I should go back to the shop and buy another silkie hen to put with it, so that they could be friends I guess. Would they get along if I put them both in the isolation cage (considering they are friendly animals)? How long should I leave them in there for before I move them with the other flock? (ive heard taking a few other hens out of the mix for a few days helps as it upsets the pecking order, and they can fit in better or something?)
I have no idea how old it is, but it is about three quarters of the size of the other chooks. I will post a photo of it tomorrow.
EDIT: Also, once they fit in, how long before they would go broody? Thanks :)