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hello from cairns

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Danincairns, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Danincairns

    Danincairns New Egg

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    Hello all from cairns Australia :) about 5 months ago I brought two 3 week old Belgian Duccles off an online add. Before this im not sure id even seen a chicken outside a zoo. Ive ended up with both a hen and rooster. Against all the advice from friends who dont own chickens, and the fact I live in the city (yes I know the laws!!) i have kept the rooster. He is very friendly, follows me everywhere, and will happily sit on my shoulder and chirp away all day long. I only have to call him and he comes running to me, and the hen never leaves his side. Also hes only beem crowing at the most 5 times a morning, and he does it so quietly its almost like he knows that he needs to behave ! Plus the neighbours dont care at anyway.

    I kept them in a cage for a few weeks because i was nervous when I got them,and I have dogs, but for the last few months I've let them go where they like. They always return to their food and water and if it rains they will go and sit inside the shed with my dogs.

    I have just brought two silkies from a lady which are around 3 weeks I'm going to pick them up tommorow morning. Being new to chickens I was simply going to put them in together but have since read this is a bad idea !!! Can there be exceptions ? Both birds are unfazed by all the little finches and sparrows even the small pigeons that share their food in the yard. I don't specifically feed the chickens I just throw food out the window and they all share . Im assuming this ia because they dont see them as a threat. A torres strait pigeon tried to swoop the rooster one afternoon, let's just say it didn't happen twice so he certainly can defend himself !

    So why would it be any different with two little silkies who are clearly no threat ? Is it possible they will just accept them into the pack ?
     
  2. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm afraid I can't help you, but I'm sure someone more useful will be along soon. In the meantime, Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. If you simply put your silkie chicks with your adult birds, their safety would be compromised, to say the least. Here's a few links on integration that you may wish to peruse and possibly develop your own strategy.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126547/topic-of-the-week-integrating-chicks-into-an-adult-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your country thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/598568/australia-six-states-and-that-funny-little-island

    All the best
    CT
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    CTKen has given you some very helpful links so I'll just say hello and good luck!
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings and :welcome! CTKen has done the heavy lifting and given you some great links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    Do explore the links @CTKen has given you.

    IMO - the wild birds can fly, are not chickens and don't pose the same issues as adding new members to a flock. It's a matter of pecking order that creates the problems.

    Good luck with integration of the newbies.
     
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  7. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us, I do hope you will make yourself at home here. Enjoy BYC!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Often other breeds of chicken will bully and feather pluck silkies (and Polish) because they don't look like ordinary chickens. Also silkies tend to be docile and their big crests obscure their vision - so they are sitting ducks. Breeds that grew up together from hatch, generally get along well. But, your flock is established and won't be thrilled to have new, fluffy invaders.
     

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