silkie roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AtRendeAcres, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I am wondering if a (silkie) bantam roo will mate with a araucana hen?

    I got araucana's for eggs (& pets)

    kids got bantams for pets (& HoffmanHatchery doesn't sex bantams)

    so I wanted to know if banty roos will try & mate with a light weight chicken or can I keep them together? (I don't want to have to check eggs)
  2. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Far as I know roos will try most hens no matter what the size... just like a chihuahua will try to service a great dane grump that is lying down! Maybe someone else has better specifics... Good luck
  3. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Yes they will. My Silkie mates with my EE's and everyone else, too. Even my little Japanese bantam has a go, but usually the bigger girls beat him up...[​IMG]
  4. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Any kind of roo would try to mate a hen at any size. . .it's just "if" he gets a chance. . .but if the hen is bigger then she might peck him or something to get him away.
  5. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    this is what I thought!

    my silkie roo & hen are 7 weeks they are with 2 Araucana 5 weeks (others 3 weeks brooding separate & I am noticing some cute roos in there)

    Have to keep Vickie (my silkie roo) she was my 1st chicken!

    but, if you have a couple roos in the flock do you have to check (some how) the eggs when ever you get them?

    or does it not matter? [​IMG]
  6. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Check them to see if they are fertilized?? I don't think you can tell unless you actually crack the egg open and even then a fresh fertilized egg is hard to tell if it really is. As far as I'm concerned they taste the same....yummy [​IMG]
  7. beameuplord

    beameuplord In the Brooder

    May 8, 2007
    These posts made me wonder if two breeds mate will the chicks be mixed? this may sound like a stupic question, but I've never heard of a "Rhode Island silkie", of a "Silkie Cochin". Just curious.

    I want to keep a pair of cochins in with my silkie pair. Will the roosters be sure to fight? Right now the cochins are just 7 weeks old and my rooster stands guard over the chicks so I wonder if they will go at it when the cochin rooster is mature. I would love to keep both roosters but don't want them to kill each other.

    Thanks for all your good advice. I really don't know a lot about raising chickens but I am leanrning a lot from everyone here.


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