cohabitation of roos?? Silkie and Brahma?

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  1. tiki chiki

    tiki chiki Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I have a small flock (1 black silkie roo (Penguin) and 5 hens (speckled sussex (Agnes), cuckoo marans (Stella), white silkie (Mugatu), black australorp (Dottie) and ameraucana (Artemis))

    The silkies hang out all the time and are definitely a mating pair. I've witnessed this and can see it in the eggs- may consider hatching later but not a priority right now. I'm happy they band together, even if its so they can run away from the bullies together. jk the other hens aren't bad.

    My question is this: the big hens want nothing to do with Penguin and that's fine since I'm not particularly interested in breeding at this point. I'd really want a large but GENTLE roo (thinking a brahma???) for both protection and looks. Gentle is KEY, quietness is a big plus. My chickens are free range at times but depends on the season and if I'm home/what the predators seem to be up to that day- we have foxes, coyotes, raccoons and hawks galore. So I'd want a roo that could attempt to protect the flock from these threats yet be gentle enough to accept the other roo as well as me/my bf/my german shepherd/husky mix. I was thinking that since the "big girls" don't consider the silkie head honcho that adding another roo wouldn't cause too much upheaval? I also hear that more than one roo may reduce the crowing (penguin crows ALL the TIME). I don't mind but I'm trying to be a good neighbor.

    Is this possible with a brahma? or other breed for that matter? I would consider adding another hen or two if if would help the roos get along but not much more since we already have more eggs than we can eat and have chickens because we like them as "value added" pets but not trying to get into the egg business. I love my penguin but honestly he thinks he's a lot tougher than he actually is and flock safety is important to us! That being said, his safety is really important to me as well and I don't want to add a rooster that could likely hurt him or worse.

    Any feedback graciously welcome! I need chicken experts to help me convince the bf that more chickens = good idea! :)
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. It sounds like you have a plan and have come to the right place. Now it's just getting your questions to the right people. I'd post the same questions in the forums. This thread is used as a meet and greet. :) So I'm not an expert, just a fellow member. Good luck with your endeavors. :frow
     
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    I wish I had an answer to your questions but I've never had a rooster or Silkies. Hopefully another greeter will come along that can actually relate to your situation and provide some assistance...all I can do is say Hello, glad you're here! Oh, and more chickens always equals a good idea [​IMG]
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Welcome!

    I haven't had Brahmas, but I have had multiple roos living together peacefully... including Silkie and lf roos...

    Yes, it is doable, but 2 things I would suggest...

    1 - get the roo as young as possible... maybe not fully a chick, but still under the 'hormonal teenager' stage... this way he will start out lower in the pecking order and have to earn his place... the older hens will help teach him manners and how not to act as well...

    2 - get 1 or 2 pullets with him at the same time so he is not alone in joining the flock... this will reduce picking on the newcomer and give him a couple of buddies to be comfortable with...

    Good luck and hope all goes well!
     
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  6. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Good advice RavynFallen!
     
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  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Thanks, hon! :)

    Just sharing what I've found works for me, lol... :D
     
  8. N F C

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    That's what it's all about. Thanks for helping [​IMG]
     
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    Sound advice from RavynFallen if you are intent upon adding another cockerel but I'm not sure your motives for getting another will be born out in practice.

    I have multiple roos and I can tell you that another cock crowing is like a red rag to a bull..... they try to out sing each other and there is always competition for who gets the last word (or crow) on it..... None of them will give in.... particularly if they are free range and the less dominant one can sing from a safe distance away. If they are penned up together then I think the less dominant ones will be more reluctant to shout up.

    Secondly I'm not convinced that a rooster will protect the flock to any great extent if you have those predators. I would have thought that your German shepherd/husky would be a much better option for keeping them at bay.

    Whatever you decide, good luck with your flock.
     
  10. tiki chiki

    tiki chiki Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses all! I saw the "new member intro" after i posted so reposted with pics. My newbie mistake! I got so excited once I figured out how to post that I didn't realize where I was :)

    SInce the silkie is a wuss I figured having another gentle roo would keep him more quiet but that is more of an added benefit than an expected one. I figured I'd see if you all heard the theory of a second roo reducing crowing. Again I don't really mind the crowing per se but wanted to try to keep the racket down for my neighbor's sake (we are still kinda new to the street) if I could. I'm probably overthinking it since the previous owners had donkeys..

    I know having a second roo wouldn't necessarily protect against a large predator but I thought if he spotted them earlier he could either distract them or in the case of the occasional neighbor's dog, hopefully scare them off a bit or warn me. Or "gulp" sacrifice himself... Pretty much any roo would be more of a deterrent the silkie, though he tries his hardest to look tough!
     

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