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Integrating my diverse age/ breed flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Leesa Blank, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Leesa Blank

    Leesa Blank In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2017
    Hi Everyone! I'm hoping to get some insight. I am just getting started in backyard chickens. I have 3, 8 week old silkies (we believe 2 hens and 1 rooster). 2, 3 week old White Leghorn hens, and then 3 chicks that are just about a week old that were kind of a mixed back. 2 are mostly yellow, and 1 little dark one we think may be a laced wyandotte rooster. My question is this: How should I go about integrating them? We are fencing in a VERY large portion of my yard for them, along with building a very nice size coop with a covered run attached. Right now, my 3 silkies are outside in a store-bought coop/ small run and the babies are all in my basement in my brooder still. The woman I bought my silkies from warned me that if my black chick is in fact a rooster, that he may be to large to be in with my silkies so obviously I would like to keep a close eye on that, but am hoping that if I give them all enough room and access to food and water things will stay status quo, and I think it will be helpful in the beginning that my silkies are so much older?

    I was thinking of adding my 2 white leghorns to the 3 silkies when they are old enough to go outside, and then adding the other 4 2 weeks later? Is the best way to see what they will do together is to just do it? Obviously my husband and I are at work during the day so can't be watching them then, but in an ideal world I would love my flock to all be together. At what age do roosters start getting aggressive that I should we watching for more signs? Does anyone have luck with such a diverse bunch?

    So I am just looking for advice on all the above :) sorry it got so lengthy, I just want them to be in the best position they can be.

    Thanks!! :)
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I highly suggest keeping the silkies separately from the other large breeds which will probably end up bullying your silkies in the long run. Leghorns, rocks, and silkies don't mix well.
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