Rooster + Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by UrbanSilkies, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. UrbanSilkies

    UrbanSilkies Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2015
    Hi everyone,

    I currently have 2 silkies that are part of my flock of standard size chickens, and was wondering if it would be possible to have a standard size rooster (say the size of a Delaware rooster)? Would he try to mount them even though they are tiny? My smallest silkie is the size of an 8 week old chick (and she's now a laying hen) and weighs 1.8lb, while my bigger silkie weighs 3-3.5lbs (can't remember). I don't want them to be mounted by an 8-10lbs rooster, so is there a way to have both?

  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    All roosters, all sizes, all breeds will mate any hen no matter the size difference, larger or smaller than they are.

    So, the answer is yes, a standard rooster will mate your tiny Silkies, and injury is a possibility. Many people have bantams and standards in the same flock, but not without consequences.

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