Mixed species

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Athiena14, May 17, 2019.

  1. Noellereagan

    Noellereagan Songster

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    Silkies shouldn’t be kept with any other species and even chickens that are taller. Any crested bird has a vaulted skull - or in other words - their brain is only protected by feather and skin. Think of a newborn humans soft spot. Only it never closes. Taller animals - and birds in general tend to peck each other on top of the head. This can obviously result in death. Best case scenario the birds ends up with a cranial hernia. Most of those birds don’t make it. I recently got one recovered with resulting wry neck so bad that it couldn’t be set down without doing summersaults. It wasn’t nice. After about seven weeks of tube and hand feeding and two months of prednisone (very risky to admitted to birds) and a specific vitamin regime and two vets that said to pull the metaphorical plug, the little guy got up and walked. We still have a long road but he’s better every day. But after that whole tragic ordeal I will never have a silkie with anything taller. I was going to breed them but after that I don’t even want to promote the breed. I’m show circles, they favor big crests. Well, the bigger the crest, the bigger the opening at the top of the skull. I fell the humane thing to do is to encourage breeding these sweet natured birds to try and close the skull. Not make it worse. You even hear of silkies jumping up in a crate on the way to a show and dying instantly. But that’s another thread entirely. Good luck with your stopped/ adoptee situation. I’d be cautious with the others too. Turkeys are moody. I’m a proud turkey mama. And when they get a burr in their saddle it’s not pretty. Especially hens. And that’s a lot of cranky bird if you’re a chicken. Especially a chick.
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Most silkies don't have a vaulted skull, and you can definitely tell which do by feel and look of them.
     
  3. Athiena14

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    I have seen them just fine with other chickens. None of mine have the skulls
     
  4. Noellereagan

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    Really. I was under them impression that ALL silkies have an open skull. Maybe vaulted skull is the wrong term. I’m newer to chickens as I am a turkey mom. I just know I had a mess in my hands with a cranial hernia due to a peck. How can one tell?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    I've only had one with a vaulted skull. There was an extra knob on top of the skull. It was open at the back and only covered by skin. Mine did get pecked by the other silkie chicks because she was odd acting. After being pecked she was never right and needed help. It's the main reason I haven't gotten silkies since.

    Most chickens can be prone to head injuries, especially if pecked or if they fall on it.

    I do agree most silkies are best kept with other silkies, but others seem to not have problems. Some silkies are very big and vigorous. The smaller show quality ones who can't see definitely need extra protection and care.
     
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  6. Athiena14

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    She ended up rejecting the chicks, pecking at them and pulling them away. I took them away but shes being protective over the ducklings that are following her as best as they can
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Interesting. :) Everyone says turkeys make great moms but I had troubles with them, so I never tried again. Now we wait and see how she does with ducklings. :pop
     
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    This is my girls first year and wanted to hatch eggs. Shes defending the ducklings even from our female duck. Shes a royal palm turkey
     
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  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    That's too stinking cute. She does look attentive to them. Should be interesting when the ducklings start to swim. :)
     

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