Pairs or Trios?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Year of the Rooster, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I want to get silkies as I LOVE their fluffy-ness [​IMG] What would be better for them, a rooster and a hen or a rooster and two hens? Does it matter? I know as far as mating that if I have two hens then one hen won't be singled out as much. But do they do fine in pairs?
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    ok I KNOW there are some silkie fanatics out there [​IMG] Anyone know?
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I'm in the process of getting silkies and I would go for a trio. Much easier on the hens that way. I have four D'uccle's 3 girls and 1 boy and they seem really happy together.
     
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    I would get a trio and preferably hens of different bloodlines. Then you have a lot more to work with.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I'm not sure if I can get different bloodlines. I'm ordering from Ideal so I'll have no idea who the parents will be. [​IMG]
     
  6. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get a trio so that hopefully your roo wont over breed them and pull out their feathers.
     
  7. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Either would work fine. You'd probably be better off with a trio (less stress per hen), plus it would give you a slightly more diversified gene pool to work with [​IMG]
     
  8. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    I'd order a bunch if going through ideal, since you can't have them sexed. That way you don't end up with all hens or all roos. Then pick when they've grown enough to sex them.

    JMO, but I'm always a "more means a better selection to choose from (or keep! [​IMG])" kind of person. [​IMG]
     

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