I am getting into raising silkies and for awhile now have been wanting to cross a mottled cochin x black silkie to eachother to see what we get. Today I finally found a nice bantam mottled cochin rooster, who I would like to add. Now I realize the importance of quarantine, so I would like to ask my friends here if this would work, if I do not have what it takes to do it properly I am going to wait and do it right when I get it all. Week one: He is going to go into an area 5' by 5' (approx) where the goats used to be, back before we moved them out to pasture. There will be food, water, straw for bedding, I would put something in there so he can stay warm. This is close to my grow out pen, probably 30 ft. away, which has 20 ameracaunas staying in it until they get just a bit bigger, most likely one more month. Is that too close? Week two: If he isnt showing any signs of anything, no lice or mites or disease, I am going to bring up a 'sacrificial' hen, a mean one whom I dont like (I dont know who yet.. ugh), to see if he is a carrier. If he has lice, mites, or anything else I will treat him for it and until all signs go away, then continue with my plan. week three: If hen isnt getting sick, then she gets to come back to the coop and be happy again. But with him this is where it gets complicated. I only have 3 full grown silkies so far (lol i know, im starting slowly, getting the best quality I can, which is HARD), one is a white rooster, buff hen, black hen. Then I have 8 white silkie chicks (sex unknown) I got from BHep here on BYC (DOB new years eve!). I also have 3 coops that i have set aside for this, one of them is being used up by the other silkies. Now i cant go putting a new rooster in with Koda, the silkie rooster who is very aggresive towards any other chicken (he loves people) that looks at his ladies. I want that black silkie bred to the mottled cochin rooster, but I know know if she will accept him. what is a good way to have them bred together, away from the rooster, then have the hen go back with Koda? But then what about the rooster? Should I put him in a separate coop with the silkie chicks or is that a stupid idea? If this is a bad idea let me know why and I wont get him. The only problem I have is what to do with the birds after I breed them..