- Aug 7, 2021
I have 6, 12 week old, girls who are all a standard breed size (wyandotte, orpington, naked neck, austrolop...sp?). They have been ruling my small backyard in SE Florida for the past 6 weeks. I also have 4, 8 week old, silkie bantams (1 is a Roo). These 4 are kept in a separate make shift coop (cat carrier) with a make shift run (extra large dog crate) attached. Both set ups are right next to each other in the yard. The silks have only ever been let free if the bigs are locked in their run. For the past couple days I've been letting the silkies range about with the big girls. For the most part they rather ignore each other but at some point the big girls will gang up and corner and chase the silks. I swear they might die of heart attack! The poor fluffy 4 panic FIERCELY. I have tons of hiding spots for them and that seems to help. But im wondering if this is normal or if I'm attempting the next step of integration too soon? There is a significant size difference in them and their demeanor is worlds apart. Should I be breaking these scuffs up and intervening or let them figure it out? My goal is to allow them all to coop and range together and be able to leave them out for short stunts of time safely.