New to the silkie breed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by katlynd003, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. katlynd003

    katlynd003 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2016
    North Carolina
    Hey! I am new to the silkie breed I just got 3 in Feb this year and they are almost 4 months old now. When they get to their full size can I keep them in the same coop with my other chickens which are barred rock, red sex link, Rhode Island Red, & white leghorn?
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    congrats on your silkies [​IMG]
    it is usually advised not to keep silkies with other hens
    as silkies look so much different from the others so are
    usually picked on by the other hens
    so it would be best to keep them in their own pen
    goodluck with them
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2016
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree - I think silkies do better with their own kind - bumping into each other when big crests obscure their vision. LOL
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    Unless you attained your birds from a private breeder of exhibition Silkies, chances are their crests aren't that prohibiting to what they can see. And if they are, you can band their crests.

    If you want to baby your Silkies, they do tend to prefer to be housed with their kind. And, the bred does take kindly to babying. But, many people house them with other breeds, and even allow them to range in their yard during the day.

    I housed mine with many other breeds and let them range, there wasn't any problems. The Silkies tended to band together, and the other chickens ignored them. There may be bickering for the first few days, and if your cage is super small it could pos a problem if you have a serious bully.

    As always, when adding birds do so with other distractions, and make sure your home the entire day to continue to check on them. Try not to be to soft about some basic chomping and kicking.

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