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silkies and cochins

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ridinglizzard, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. ridinglizzard

    ridinglizzard Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
    I recently acquired 6 young birds: 2 female and 1 male Silkie, and 2 female and 1 male Cochins. Should I separate the breeds, or leave them together? Realistically, for this winter it would be much easier for me to house them all together, but perhaps next summer when they are mature I should separate them... Thoughts?
  2. Mr. Ree

    Mr. Ree Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2007
    South Central, KY
    To answer your question, it all depends on wether you want pure bred birds or mixed breeds. Crossing the two breeds together will give you birds that look like Silkies with the featherig of the Cochin. So if you just want the birds just to have them the its not important to seperate them.

  3. ridinglizzard

    ridinglizzard Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You can keep them together for the winter if you are worried about them being too cold; for that matter, if you don't plan on hatching (or letting them hatch) their eggs, you could keep them together indefinitely. But if you do plan to hatch from them and want pure bred chicks you will have to separate them eventually.

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