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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amynbrent, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. amynbrent

    amynbrent Chirping

    Mar 15, 2011
    Dryden, MI
    I have 35 eight-nine week old chicks, 2 hens and 1 rooster set (1 y/o) I also have in a seperate cage inside the coop 6 silkies from 5-9 weeks old. I need my cage for my hen who "wanted" to sit on an egg. I got this girl from a friend and she's already had luck hatching just a single egg. I wasnt going to hatch until next spring but didnt have the heart to take this egg from her, she looked like she was in love [​IMG]

    The problem I have is my silkies. They get along fine together and when I let them out they stay togeter in the coop, a few ventured out into the run and it was chaos, feathers flying and squaking, it was a gang attack on two of them. Luckily I was able to get to them to save them. What do I do? I want to let them out of the cage, they have been in the coop since day 1 I just kept them apart. Do I have a chance? Should I just get rid of them? Do I just let them attack until they figure out what they are? This whole chicken thing is new to me from this spring. Thanks!!!
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011

  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I've never had silkies, but I think they are more fragile than the regular barnyard type chicken. I seem to recall that the vaulted skull can be severely damaged by pecking. Or something like that. [​IMG]

    A gang attack on them doesn't sound good at all to me.

    Anyway, hoping my reply brings this thread back to the top of the list so someone with more experience will see it. And offer you some good advice...

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