Silkie roos - when do they mature?

technodoll

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My two boys are about 6 or 7 months (I think), they make loud screeching sounds and I've only ever heard them crow about twice. They are big and fluffy and love to strut around...

However...

They get b*tch-smacked by the hens and are mostly afraid of them! I've seen a few girls chasing the roos around, flapping their wings in their faces and pulling their neck feathers off nastily
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Is this normal?

Will my roos ever become self-confident, respected rulers of the flock? Are they just too young yet?

Thank you...
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Hangin Wit My Peeps

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Silkies are big whimps IMO but so sweet so I have many of them
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I find I have to keep my silkies separate from my laying hens. Are they with laying hens? Please don't tell me they are being ***** slapped by SILKIE hens?
 

technodoll

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10 Years
Aug 25, 2009
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LOL yes they hang out with laying hens who are a year older and have just joined the flock, took less than 5 minutes and the roos were being pushed around and pecked on!

Doesn't last long but man, what weenies
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Maybe because they weigh nothing and are half the size of the hens?
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ps: i only have one silkie hen and she ignores the roos...
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

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Oh whew! I was worried that they were REALLY big "chickens" lol I would think they will all get used to each other and when the roos get older hopefully they will begin to hold their ground. I think free ranging really helps...gives the hens something to do rather then pick on the roos. Good luck!
 

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