Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bigmommy, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. bigmommy

    bigmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2008
    South Lyon, MI.
    I have 8 Silkie chickens, and I am 100% positive that 5 of them are roosters. I also have 1 that MIGHT be a rooster. They are about 16 weeks old now, and for the most part they get along. They do pick at each other, but it just passes, and it's never for an extended period of time. I'm not concerned with the crowing because my neighbors think it's cute,and it is not excessive either. I'm worried about my poor little hens! 3 to 1 is a great male to female ratio in a bar but I'm thinking not so great in chickens! I'm also concerned that the boys are going to start getting mean and acting like ROOSTERS as they get older. I do get challenged by 1 now, but I'm bigger, meaner, and in control of the food so I will always win! Plus, it's just hard to take the fluffy little guy seriously! I'm more worried that they will start going after each other. Would they already be doing this now, or are they still to immature? Should I get some more little girls? Should I start finding them homes now? HELP!:eek:
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    thats way too many roo's for the hens,, you'll see ya hens start going bald on their back,, i would do a mixture of your thoughts,, rehome a few, keep a few, and get more hens.
    and to tell ya the truth,, the roo with more "spunk" is the 1 i would for sure keep,, he will be a GREAT protector of the flock. and you have a GREAT attitude about him,, the way it should be [​IMG]
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    IMO i would start trying to find homes for them now before it becomes a problem. I have been down the same road as you before only i had a hard time parting with the boys and ended up having several different boxes for them to stay seperate from everyone else and ended up rehoming them. I believe you are suppose to have 1 roo to 10-12 hens
  4. If I may ask. How the heck do you know who the roos are and who the hens are with silkies. I have a boat load of silkies and i will tell ya, the only way i can tell is when they start to get the ear lobes and crow !!!
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    All I can say is Craigslist, Craigslist, Craigslist!!!
  6. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Silkie roos are all about the luvin'. They'll become a real pain for the hens. Mine have been pretty mellow in terms of fighting with other roos, so that's good at least.

    The good news is that they're pretty easy to rehome. Tough to part with though because they're so pretty. Good luck - and be careful with Craigslist (which I love, BTW). There are some real weirdos out there. I got some funky e-mails when I posted my extra roos. I made sure I delivered all of them myself to their new homes.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008

    HAMISH Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2008
    I had 2 roosters and six hens they got on fine till one day I know you had already told me to rehome we managed to split them up and rehomed one to friend in village he now has 10 at least of his own woman
  8. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My wife said we had too many roosters [​IMG] So we used craigslist to get rid of 2 of them [​IMG] It only took a couple days [​IMG] I miss my roosters [​IMG]
  9. bigmommy

    bigmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2008
    South Lyon, MI.
    Well... I knew I had roosters when they grew combs, wattles, and started crowing! I'm really sad that I will have to re-home them:( Maybe I'll bring them in to be my house chickens! I bet the dogs and cats will keep them in line! So, I guess the biggest issue will be with the hens? Just not enough women to go around? I think I need more chickens then.... gotta go break the news to the husband!
  10. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    2 or 3 hens aint even nuff for 1 roo !!
    now...... go get more [​IMG]

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