New membre with lots of questions! Haha

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kathyannkelly, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Kathyannkelly

    Kathyannkelly New Egg

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    My first question is if I have silkies 1 rooster an 3 hens, I would introdroduce 2 hens of a différents kind for the winter time will they get along and what about the rooster will he mate with the other hens also?

    Thank you! :D
     
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Introducing birds usually goes well, but sometimes there are problems. The keys to successful integration are to introduce the birds slowly, in a large area, with plenty of supervision. There will almost certainly be some fighting/scuffling as the birds establish a new pecking order. However, as long as no blood is drawn, don't intervene. They will all work things out in the end.

    Roosters, even bantam sized ones, will try to breed any hens they can get. They usually prefer hens their own size, but they will still try to breed larger hens. Sometimes they are successful, and sometimes they aren't. It usually depends on how cooperative the hen is.
     
  3. Kathyannkelly

    Kathyannkelly New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on bantam lovers' advice.

    Yes you should use the "see but don't touch method." Separate the chicks from the others by a fence or other barrier for at least two weeks. The longer the better.

    I've just introduced two pullets to my flock and this method worked wonderfully. Once they mixed they sure did fight but they got along pretty good. Now they even snuggle together on the roost. The key is patience and hideaways. Also, make sure there are lots of extra feeders and waterers as bossy hens will hog feeders and starve the other bird.
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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    Your rooster is a guy he will do anything [​IMG]



    Your chickens should get along just fine [​IMG]



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    Some of my flock and yes they mingle and ages one week to 12 years all in the same yard geese, ducks, chickens, guinea so you should not have much of a problem .....
















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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some silky roos have attitude - they think they are big roosters - in a small package. They can get the "drop" on a hen even some of the bigger ones.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, the slow introduction period is the way to work in new birds. 3 weeks behind a fence or cage and you should be good to mix. Always add more food and watering stations for the newbies as the older flock will want to guard these areas starving out the new birds.

    Good luck establishing your new flock and welcome to ours!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     
  10. Kathyannkelly

    Kathyannkelly New Egg

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    Thank you everyone! its a geat site with alot of answers! [​IMG]
     

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