I have a coop problem!


7 Years
Mar 20, 2012
Murfreesboro, TN
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!!!
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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