Can they go now?

BirdsInParadise

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Howdy all!
Long time no post from me.
Well, my Silkies (The sweetest couple EVER!) past a year old a month ago and unfortunately I lost one to a predator a couple weeks ago.
As such, my female is SAD as all get out.
I recently (yesterday) got two French Wheaten Maran ladies.
They've been brooding outside here in southern California since hatching (2-3 weeks ago).
Ive separated my run to allow the Silkie to see the Frenchies. I haven't put the Frenchies into the run yet as they have a 8'x3' enclosure they are being raised in currently.
Question time...
When can I introduce the Frenchies Into the run for the Silkie to "get to know them" and when can I integrate?

Any info/help/warnings/concerns would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

PS...
Here they are.
Introducing...
Ricky (My 6 yo daughter named)
and
Squidzilla (My 7 yo daughter named)
 

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BirdsInParadise

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Thanks for the reply!
My Silkie is a little over a year (13 months).
By supervised visits do you mean full integration?
Silkie and Frenchies together in same run?
If so, how long should I let them mingle?
Thanks again.
 

SunHwaKwon

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I mean sit with them and let them interact with each other. Be ready to intervene if needed, but don't jump the gun. I would play it by ear based on how much time you have to sit with them and such. After a few supervised visits, depending on how much room you have, you can set things up so that they can be fully integrated but with lots of safe spots for the babies to get to if the silkie gets rough.

Some people say not to integrate until the babies are full grown but I and a lot of people prefer to do it very early. I very very rarely have any issues and the pecking order/learning their place bit goes much smoother.

You may be surprised. Considering the reputation of silkies, my hope is that she will take them under her wing...literally.
 

BirdsInParadise

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I mean sit with them and let them interact with each other. Be ready to intervene if needed, but don't jump the gun. I would play it by ear based on how much time you have to sit with them and such. After a few supervised visits, depending on how much room you have, you can set things up so that they can be fully integrated but with lots of safe spots for the babies to get to if the silkie gets rough.

Some people say not to integrate until the babies are full grown but I and a lot of people prefer to do it very early. I very very rarely have any issues and the pecking order/learning their place bit goes much smoother.

You may be surprised. Considering the reputation of silkies, my hope is that she will take them under her wing...literally.
Sitting with them now. Put Silkie in their enclosure. Seems fine. A few pecks to one of the Frenchies. But things seem ok.
Ill probably give them 30 minutes together and then separate. I plan on doing this a couple of times a day.
Sound good?
Thanks for your replies.
 

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