chickens playing or fighting?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jcskowronek, May 10, 2016.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2016
    decatur, ga

    I am new to BackYard Chickens, and have two questions!

    I'm kind of new with chickens, so I'm hoping someone can help me!

    Here is my situation (with some background information):

    My family has had chickens a few times before, but it was always my parents taking care of them (I'm 13). But this time, I'm doing everything, and they're basically my chickens. I have 4 silkies right now, and will be getting some rhode island reds soon. I got the silkies from someone I found on craigslist, they are all within a week of each other age-wise. I am getting 2 rhode island reds from a family friend, they are about 1 month old now. I am getting my other rhode island reds (8) from I had the silkies in a bin, and now they're in a kitten/puppy playpen before they go outside (link below). The rhode island reds will follow the same steps (bin, larger bin, playpen). The coop I currently have is something my dad built a few years ago. It's 10x10 I think, maybe 10 feet tall? It's like a small house (doomed roof, windows, etc) It has some nesting boxes, roosting bar, etc. The run is probably 2 1/2 or 3 times the size of the coop (I don't know exactly the size).

    Ok, so here are my questions:

    Can the silkies and rhode island reds live together? I have asked a few people, and some say they can, some say I should try, some say they can't. If they can't live together, should I build another coop/run for the silkies?

    I'm sitting here writing this right near the silkies, and I'm worried they might be fighting. They are periodically chasing each other, foraging in the bedding (I sprinkled some food around as well as in the trough), and laying down/sleeping. One has tried to almost jump/fly onto another one a few times. There are two larger ones and two smaller ones.
    I don't know whats normal and whats not.

    Here is the pen:
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Songster

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    My silkies and other birds of various sizes and ages live together in perfect harmony just be careful and raise themn relativly close together so they see each other more as family then just other birds.
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    The main purpose of play in young animals is to test out adult behaviors before it really counts. Fun is a great side effect! So, it is likely that they are "play fighting" sort of like puppies wrestling. You'll probably see chest-bumping, pile-driving, and see-how-tall-I-am-taller-than-you that won't mean a whole lot now, but will be used later to establish pecking order.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    The first rule of fight club is never talk about fight club.
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  5. OEF5

    OEF5 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2016
    Ok I got a laugh out of that.

    I too have noticed the standing taller than each other, and chasing, they have now begun the running and jumping across the brooder onto each other. It's funny to watch as the ones who get bombed scatter and make a clatter, but they all do it to each other.

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