Introducing Silkie chicks to standard breed problem. HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickens-246, May 7, 2007.

  1. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    I have some Silkie chicks that are almost 5 weeks old. Occasionally have taken a hen to look into the brooder box to get them used to seeing each other. Today I took one Silkie outside to meet the others. A couple of hens jumped into my lap to check it out. Things seem OK so I put the Silkie on the ground, almost instantly one, of the hens pecked the Silkie head and another fluffed up and was about to peck before I stopped her. Now the Silkie chick is showing signs of brain damage.

    The problem is in a week I need to introduce the 10 Silkies to the 8 standard breeds and I only have one coop. Are the standards going to kill all my Silkies?! I read here that they should do fine together, after this, I don't know what to do.

    Please help with any advice that will make a safe transaction. I really don't want to lose any more of my sweet Silkies.
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    5 weeks is way to young to introduce your new chicks. I know you were just feeling the water so to speak but if those babies were never around the big ones, they are intruders in the eyes of your established flock. I usually try to intergrate at 3 months. You will have to section of a part of your coop for the young ones and allow them time to get used to each other. Some established chickens can be real _itchy with new chicken or chicks.
  3. Freebie

    Freebie Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    When I introduced my bantams to my standard chickens, I only had 2 standard and 5 bantams. I kept them in a rabbit cage inside the coop for a few weeks before letting them all hang out together. When I would let the 2 standard out to free range, I would put the bantams in their cage outside in the grass and let them hang out too. It went pretty smooth I thought for my first time ever. Good luck with yours.

    edited to add that my bantams are not silkies, but are millie fleur
    Last edited: May 7, 2007
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I always section of a portion of the coop, and keep the young ones in there for at least a week or more, to get everyone accustomed to eachother, then when it is time to removed the section, I do it during the day while everyone is freeranging. I have done this a few times now,a nd have never had a problem. This includes bantam, but not silkies, as I have yet to get any of those, even tho I realy want some![​IMG]
  5. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I keep my chicks in a rabbit cage until they are about 4 months old. Then I place a large dog cage inside the chicken coop for a several weeks. The others get use to seeing them. I like my new girls to be bigger so they can take care of themselves and not get hurt.
  6. CHILLbilly

    CHILLbilly In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    Northern Ontario Canada
    Hi there,
    I adopted 3 silki crosses....1 is a pure silki. This type of bird has a hole on top of their skull. When pecked they can die from brain damage...I had to separate the 3 of them from our ISA browns. If only 1 coop is there a way to have a 2nd floor put in....thats what we had to do last min. when they pecking started. They are now side by side indoors/outdoors. I don't want to chance any accidents.
    Just some information I found out Silkis after i got mine....
  7. shannon marie

    shannon marie In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2014

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