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Can i adopt a silkie rooster and will he mate my standard hens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by btruegs, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. btruegs

    btruegs Chirping

    May 1, 2014
    Spokane WA
    I am wanting to adopt a silkie rooster i found on craigslist in my area. He will be my first and only rooster. I have a new hampshire red, 3 black australorps, and a wheaten old english game fowl. (all hens). Will the silkie rooster sucessfully mate with my hens?
    I have read that they have problems.

  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    Yes, when I had bantam roos, they would try to mate standards but they have a hard time grabbing on and getting their cloacas close enough to the hens'. You will have great difficulty getting fertilized eggs from him. One of two meanings for "covering a hen" They really do have to be big enough to do that.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2015

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