Is it ok to put a silkie in with my 5 ameraucanas

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  1. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I am kinda new to this but is it ok to put a silkie in with my 5 ameraucanas? Please let me know ASAP![​IMG]

    Thanks A Lot!!!!
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    A single Silkie? I don't know.. I have a few EE's, they can be a bit extreme at times. The only way is to try it, and keep them supervised. When I let my last hatch of Silkies out into the flock, all the other birds didn't know what to think...Doesn't look like a chicken, so no threat...?
    But a single ANYTHING, just may be a target. JMO
     
  3. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Thanks, I am hoping for the best but only time will tell me![​IMG]
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's usually tough adding a single chicken of any kind to an established flock. The size differential, and the inability of the Silkie to fly up to escape bullying will only make it harder. For an integration likely to be difficult like this one, I would definitely follow the gradual approach of allowing the chickens to see each other (but not get to each other) for a week or two, followed by supervised integration in a neutral spot such as free ranging. If there's no bloodshed, then you can begin to integrate in the coop/run, keeping an eye out for problems.

    It's also a good idea to set up two separate feed/water stations, and to put up some vertical objects in the run so that a bullied chicken can get out of sight of her tormentors.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:Very good advice on how to handle the integration. Well done, elmo. [​IMG]
     
  6. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Thanks I might Just try that and I ended up getting her as a pair the rooster was just so beautiful!! But nothing is going good they stayed in the nest box together this morning and won't come out![​IMG]
    Well thanks for the advice!!!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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