Good companions for a silkie!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thegreatfandango, May 31, 2011.

  1. thegreatfandango

    thegreatfandango In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    Portland, Oregon

    Have a silkie who is surrounded by standard sized chickens and needs a friend her size. I have been researching, but would like some advice. It has to be a hen, my landlord won't allow Roos. Here is a list of what I have come up with.

    -Modern Game Hen (4-H for kids and one of the coolest looking Bantams)
    -Silver Seabright Hen (They look pretty, not a good reason I know)
    -Bantam Barred Rock Hen (My wife loves barred rock)
    -Showgirl Hen (Cause it would be uglier than my silkie, who is ugly for a silkie)
    -Bantam Turken Hen(Cause they are ugly, and it would be fun to have one)
    -Serama Hen (She raised two clutches of Serama before I got her)

    Any other suggestions or recommendations!

  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    My silkies seem to enjoy the company of the larger hens. I don't think they realize they are smaller. [​IMG] But if you want another bantam breed I would recommend d'uccles. They are currently my favorite bantams. Very beautiful, super sweet, and good in many climates. I would be careful with seramas if you live somewhere cold, as they have trouble with temps under 40 degrees without additional heat. But really all the breeds you listed are I guess I'm not much help. [​IMG] Why don't you get another silkie of a different color?
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I've got to admit - as I was scanning thread titles, I thought this said, "Good companions for a skillet!!!" and figured it would be another, "Mean rooster" thread. I really need to pay better attention....
  4. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011

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  5. thegreatfandango

    thegreatfandango In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    Dancing Hen: I don't want another silkie, I have one [​IMG]

    What I really want is something interesting I guess. I think Modern Game are neat and useless, but the weather here would not be kind to them (Cold and Rains a lot). Any suggestions from the Oyster Shell Gallery on a unique and interesting breed to keep? How are Dominique?

    Also my Silkie never seems to go Broody? She just lays, practically everyday. That normal? She has raised two clutches of Serama before?
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Quote:I would get a turken. Might as well have 2 chickens that will make non chicken people ask what the heck is that, lol. Or find a cute mutt. My favorite chicken is my silkie/oegb mix. One of my silkies is sitting on eggs right now. The other lays just about everyday.
  7. PartridgeRooster

    PartridgeRooster Songster

    Oct 11, 2010
    Just going off your list I would pick the Bantam Barred Rock Hen. For Banties I personally like the Buff Brahma's.
    I also live in the Northern Midwest and Barred Rock seem more cold hardy.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  8. thegreatfandango

    thegreatfandango In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    I like the Turken idea, how are they personality and care wise and do they come in Bantam Size? Also what about Showgirl anyone had any experience with them before, good/bad?
  9. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Prudy and Peaches hang out with the Frizzle bantam Cochins; Bluebear, Tubb, Ginger, and Rosie. They also hang with some younger chicks (by 2 weeks) blue wheaten Ameraucanas and 1 Barred Rock.
    My older Silkies hang close to the kids and the 3 older Blue Wheaten pullets.

    My blue wyandottes just hang in their own group.

    If you are just wanting bantams the cochins are friendly and adorable. My LF Ameraucanas are friendly too. You can find breeders that have bantam ones.
  10. thegreatfandango

    thegreatfandango In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    I traded a welsummer pullet for another Silkie (she's a buff and totally cute). Thanks all!!!

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