blending breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by west7, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. west7

    west7 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2015
    I have 4 road island red young ladies, I would like to buy two silkies. can the two breeds live harmoniously in the same hen house?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not likely. Silkies are among the most docile breeds and their impaired vision make them vulnerable to bullying. RIRs are usually the bullies of a mixed flock. That would be exacerbated by the fact that the RIRs would outnumber the silkies. The silkies would be ostracized. Adding new birds to an existing flock, the new birds should be like sizes and equal numbers or more than the original birds.
    I wouldn't do it.
    By the way. It is like the state - Rhode Island Red.
    There is also a Rhode Island White but they are not color variations of the same breed. They are different breeds.
    rebrascora and morganalefae like this.
  3. morganalefae

    morganalefae Head nut at the nut house

    May 2, 2017
    Leicestershire UK
    I agree with ChickenCanoe RIRs are pretty know for being the jerks of the flock.

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