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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mother hen toad, May 30, 2016.

  1. mother hen toad

    mother hen toad New Egg

    May 30, 2016
    Hi. I'm new to raising chickens and have found this site to be a wealth of knowledge.
    I have 10 chicks now. We purchased 8 pullets and they are about 11-12 wks old. Now that they are getting older we are trying to determine if any of them are cockerels...so far we have a couple that show signs but not sure yet. Hoping we don't but if we do we will have to get rid of them. :(

    Our neighbors have 2 silkies but have decided not to do chickens so they have offered them to us. They are younger, not sure how much, maybe 2-3 wks younger. We are trying to integrate them as we speak. Today is day 2 of having them visit during the day. Yesterday didn't go so well with our buff brahma (we think it might be a cockerel). So we removed the brahma and they did okay with the others. Today we have kept the brahma out and they seem to be getting along.

    We have the following:
    (2) buff orpingtons
    (2) barred leghorns
    (1) Golden Spangled Hamburg
    (1) Buff Brahma
    (1) Welsummer
    (1) Speckled Sussex
    Plus the (2) silkies if they will integrate. One of those may be a cockerel too.

    I'm worried about the hamburg. He/She is extremely tiny, has green legs, and isn't as social as the others. How do you tell if it is a cockerel and should they be tiny, tiny?

    See pics below of each of them.
    Maybe a cockerel in the back
    Speckled Sussex

    Barred Leghorn

    Buff Brahma - Headshot and tail shot. Is this a cockerel or not?
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. In reality, its best to quarantine birds before introducing them to the flock. Heres a few links on integration that may help, but since they are Silkies, I'd suggest that you be very cautious.





    You can post the pics above on the What Breed or Gender is This? forum for advice from the experts.

    Good luck

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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! CTKen gave you some good places to find information. Good luck with the integration!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    Lovely birds you've got!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    For best advice please post photos of your birds(and age in photo) at "what breed or gender is this."
  7. LovesAGoodYolk

    LovesAGoodYolk Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Iroquois Cnty IL
    You just won't know for certain what you have until the rooster crows. Usually. Last year we got 10 RIR at the farm store. Straight run. I thought half of them were roosters. Nope!! All hens.
  8. mother hen toad

    mother hen toad New Egg

    May 30, 2016
    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. The integration is going well without Thor. The silkies are being accepted but still hang off on their own. You can tell there is a separation in the flock. The silkies won't climb the run into the coop either. They do fine coming down in the morning but won't go up in the night. Hoping its just because they are much smaller and younger than the others. They don't use the roosts either, just nest on the floor. Its possible one of them is a cockerel too so might not get to keep them since they are very close I wouldn't want to separate them. I'm going to give it a week or two of trying to integrate the whole flock before I decide who needs to go.
  9. mother hen toad

    mother hen toad New Egg

    May 30, 2016
    Thank you for the information. I'll be reading as much as possible. Do you mind elaborating on your statement about being cautious because they are silkies? This is my first flock and definitely my first integration. So I don't know anything about silkies. I've done a good bit of research on the other breeds I have and have had most of my questions answered. My flock is very social and love to climb all over me when I go out to visit them. They are like my dog, happy and excited to see me anytime of day. The silkies are social but not anywhere near as friendly as the others, with the exception of my golden hamburg. She is an odd one still trying to figure out why she is less than half the size of all the others and has green legs...she looks like a roadrunner.
  10. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Sorry, I've just seen your question. From what i have read here (I have no personal experience keeping silkies) I suggested proceeding with caution due to their size and the potential for a bit more bullying to go on, compared to standard sized breeds. It seems that you are doing well, so there's no need to worry.


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