MPC EEs and Silkies

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  1. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Has anyone had experience with MPC EEs and Silkies?

    I'm considering an order of EEs and Silkies.

    EEs, I would get sexed beause they're cheap, but what is the chance of getting a brown egg layer? I'd prefer blue or green, but I wouldn't mind if I got a brown one. I just don't want to pay for EEs and get all brown egg layers...

    Silkies. They are waaay expensive to buy sexed (assorted). What's the chance of getting all cockerels? I got lucky with a straight run batch from a local breeder and got all pullets 4/4, but they don't sell Silkies anymore. SO... is there a chance to getmostly pullets or all cockerels?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My silkies and EEs came from MPC. Of my three EEs, all lay greenish/greenish-blue eggs. My silkies were purchased sexed, but of four pullets ordered, one ended up a cockerel. I think sexing bantams is much more difficult than sexing larger breeds. If you purchase straight run, then you have a 50/50 chance of males/females, so I guess it depends on how lucky you are...lol.
     
  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I bought straight run PRs once and ou of six, three were roosters... So you can see my luck there :lau
    I wouldn't mind having g cockerels, but it's the problem of where to keep them. Because I'm planning to use the rooster coop as an EE coop :p but IDK... That's if the EEs are rough with my bantamkids...
     
  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    What attitude do your EEs have toward other chickens? Are they bossy? Friendly?
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My EEs are very friendly - all three (all 5 yrs old now) will hop up into my lap for petting/snuggles if I sit down outside. I don't find them bossy/pushy or especially submissive/shy compared to other breeds, or among my flock. And of course they're all individuals - some are more/less assertive than others.

    With chickens, dominance/heirachy often comes down to the age of the bird.

    I got my silkies (along with a little d'uccle) about a year before I got my EEs. So although they're smaller, they are the bosses over my EEs. We have three coops here, and that smaller group (silkies/d'uccle) is in a different coop, but they all free range together - and whether it's treats or attention, the silkies get first choice over the EEs...my EEs submit to their authority.

    If raised together from chickhood, they should all get along fine. Most likely the larger birds will be in charge, but you never know (one of my silkies was a real firecracker - and I'm betting she would have been lead hen if I'd raised my two groups together).
     
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  6. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks!
    I want to get some silkies cuz when I took my one out for bumblefoot treatment, the loner got picked on. I'd hate for one to die and they not have any buddies...
     

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