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Silkes with large fowl

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken Egg 17, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I am gettin some silkies soon and I haven't even built the breeding pen yet and I was wondering has anyone ever kept them with large fowl and how and I would also maybe like to keep them with the large fowl in the winter so they have more body heat because it can get pretty cold here and I will also put in a heat lamp to provide extra heat for them so they do die because I know they ain't that cold hardy so anyways thanks all replies are welcome
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I keep mine separate from my LF. The bantams have their own run and coop. I have never needed heat for them to make it through a winter, I am north of your location, and that includes the past 2 harsh winters.
     
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  3. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it gets down in the teens and sometimes colder than that and I didn't know if they would need it but I add it anyways she it gets colder like that but i just didn't know how to be able to keep them with my large fowl
     
  4. Anira

    Anira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It hardly gets above freezing (32 degrees) here in winter and I've never had to add heat to my coop.

    I have silkies with my large fowl with no problems. I have bantams that fit in the palm of your hand up all the way up to large fowl, including guineas and turkeys, all together in a large pen. Just make sure you have enough space that they can move away from the larger birds if they want/need.
     
  5. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks would a 4x8 coop be big enough with 8 large fowl and a run that's over 30 feet long by 11 feet wide and plus I let them free range so would that be big enough
     

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