I have a coop problem!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GertrudeLover01, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. GertrudeLover01

    GertrudeLover01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all! My problem is that i have 5 chickens, but in.....
    Coop # 1 we have: Penny (Production Red) and Maggie (Barred Rock)- "sisters" and maggie is her protector forever. any other animal that comes near penny is attacked.
    Coop # 2 we have: Daisy (Jersey Giant) and Maisy (OEGB/bantam cochin/sebright mix.....i know, basically just a mutt.) - Same situation here, except they really are sisters- well, hatch-mates.
    Dog Crate: Rosie (Silkie)..........ah.
    We have a problem. I am allowed 6 hens. I don't want to get another for a while, so i don't know what to do. Combining them all may work, but I don't think that would honestly work, because of Maggie and Maisy- they are the 2 more aggressive to other chickens.They all love me though. Hmmmm... I don't know what to do here.

    Here is my question to you:
    How can I make my Rosie not so lonely and how can I do this before winter sets in too terribly bad?

    I have one thought, but it won't work until Rosie starts to lay, and she is only 5 months and I heard the avg. laying age for silkies is 9-10 months. If Rosie gets broody (and we all know that is extremely likely), then i can slip a chick under her for her to raise so she has a natural companion.

    so, please help me, I am so lost. I have no idea what to do!!!
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  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You can always put pinless peepers on Maggie and Daisy. Your hens should all be able to live together in the same coop. Heck, I have 63 hens and 3 roosters all living in the same coop right now. You can also make a place where the silkie can get away from the others, like a partition with a hole in it that the silkie can fit through and the others can't. 4" mesh welded wire fencing would work well.
     

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