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An unlikely mate in chicken society

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dirtylittlefly, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. dirtylittlefly

    dirtylittlefly Out Of The Brooder

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    I caught our Cuckoo Marans mating with Silkie, who is at the very bottom of the pecking order. He's the biggest wuss you ever met. At the time, we had 2 other FBCM roosters. The meaner one caught what was happening and ran over to assert his position. All Tito had to do was stand up and look at him as if to say "this is a private party."

    So proud of Silkie! He's been the loser since day one and now he's the only one allowed to mate with our top chicken. He follows her everywhere, it's adorable. We've since culled the mean FBCM and now only have one other rooster. Silkie is still terrified of him but there's hardly any pecking as Silkie can run away and squak quite effectively. I haven't decided which to keep yet, I know 3 hens to 2 roosters isn't the best ratio. :p

    They're all around 20 weeks of age. Silkie was in the original batch of 4 we picked up, and the other Roos came as straight run afterwards, I can't think of another reason why Tito would prefer Silkie over our beautiful FBCM.

    Do you have any odd stories of birds that match up?
     

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