Silkie

chickenmom57

In the Brooder
Jun 12, 2017
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I am new to raising chickens and to backyardchickens.com. Growing up, my family always had chickens, but these are my first since leaving home 40+ years ago. Yes, I am getting old! :( In April, I purchased 4 bantams chicks then a few weeks later, 4 more chicks, 2 silkies, a sebright and a d'uccle. These chickens are more for therapy for my husband and I than anything else. They all are handled every day and eat out of my hand.

The original 4 (three hens and a rooster) were already in the coop outside when I bought the others. The little ones were kept inside until they were feathered then I started slowly introducing them to the older chicks a few minutes at a time and everything went well. After about 2 weeks, I left the younger chicks in the coop overnight. The next morning, I found one of my little ones, a silkie, laying in the pen, bloody and barely breathing. My rooster was obviously the culprit because his legs and beak was covered in blood. I brought the silkie in the house and worked with her for days, nursing her back to some semblance of health. She couldn't walk for days, she can't open one eye and her head is mostly covered in a hard crusty skin now.

At the time it happened, I put the younger chickens back in a smaller cage in the coop for protection where they still stay until the late afternoon when I turn all of the chickens out into the yard to forage. When the silkie was able to walk again, I put her in the yard and immediately the rooster started stalking her and jumped on her again. He has moved on to greener pastures but now one of the older hens is bullying and pecking on the same little silkie. I am not sure what to do at this point. She is obviously a weakling but I really don't want to get rid of her. Any suggestions?
 

sue25

Songster
Apr 25, 2017
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You will need to keep her totally separated till she is completely healed. To keep her from being lonely take one of her brooder mates and put them together till she heals once she is totally healed you could reintroduce them to the rest of the flock and keep an eye out. She will eventually be able to get away from the bullies of there is enough coverage on the pen like places to hide for awhile or jump up to on order to get out of the way.
 

chickenmom57

In the Brooder
Jun 12, 2017
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You will need to keep her totally separated till she is completely healed. To keep her from being lonely take one of her brooder mates and put them together till she heals once she is totally healed you could reintroduce them to the rest of the flock and keep an eye out. She will eventually be able to get away from the bullies of there is enough coverage on the pen like places to hide for awhile or jump up to on order to get out of the way.
I am letting her out to forage with the others when I am outside so I can watch out for her. All three of my older (just a few weeks older) hens are picking on her. She is moving faster than she was and she isn't staggering as much either so I'm hoping she can start holding her own with them pretty soon. Thanks for the advice!!!
 

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