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 ?