Silkies and Rhode Island Reds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lilchik, May 4, 2009.

  1. lilchik

    lilchik Songster

    May 3, 2009
    Rio, WV
    I have a small flock of Silkie chickens, they were my first chickens ever. I have had them for about 2 yrs. now. I just bought 10 RIR chicks that are about 1 week old.
    I have read some other posts about putting bantam chickens in with standard, seems more people think they can be together than not.
    My question is will the standard roosters try to mate with the Silkie hens? If they do, will the Silkies have problems laying the eggs.

    Also, the RIR chicks are quite different than Silkies! They are more energetic, running and jumping up in the air. I have not noticed that with my Silkie chicks. They seems very healthy, alert, and are eating and drinking great.

  2. I hope an experienced owner will chirp on this one. I have golden comets, which are RIR crosses. The birds are vigorous, establish a definitive pecking order and are prodigious layers. I would think the Silkies would be terribly intimidated by them...just my 2 cents [​IMG]

    And yes the roosters will mate with darn near anything- I don;t think the egg size is determined by that, but a RIR rooster is likely to rip your silkie girls on the backs...
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  3. piecemaker

    piecemaker Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    I had both silkies and RIR They got along fine. I would think it may depend on your roo if he is an aggressive breeder or not. My RIR didn't seem to bother the silikie hens or their roo. It was almost like I had 2 differnt flocks that just happened to share the same coop and yard.
    Good luck with your new ones
  4. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I have a mixture of hens and roos. Including a Silkie pair. The only roo that breeds with my Silkie hen is my Silkie roo. He doesn't allow any other roo near her. (and he's near the bottom of the pecking order) LOL
  5. lilchik

    lilchik Songster

    May 3, 2009
    Rio, WV
    Great! I feel relieved now. I would hate to try to keep them seperate.

    Any more input appreciated.

  6. I personaly wouldn't do it if the silkies have vaulted skulls. A pecking order with silkies is different then when its got a larger bird is thrown in. One good hard peck to the head and your silkies are dead. Those vaulted skulls leave a soft spot exposing the brain. I had a friend's silkie run into a wall and fall over dead.
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  7. Having had experience with both Silkies and RIR, I wouldnt' have them together at all. RIR's, IN MY OPINION, are extremely aggressive, and just plumb mean.

    Again, this is MY OPINION, based on MY EXPERIENCES.

  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I've added silkies to existing standard flocks which included RIRs and
    it was OK, not great but ok. I wouldn't do it again.

    Now in your case, since the RIRs are babies, as long as you get them
    with the silkie flock early it should be ok.

    I've never seen a standard roo bother a Silkie but I have seen a
    silkie roo attempt to mate with a standard. I had to give one of mine
    a step stool. [​IMG]
  9. karen71

    karen71 Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    I have both silkies and RIR and comets all together

    The adult silkie and comets have been together for a year
    we had 2 and the standards picked on the one that the hawk took- she never was accepted by the bigger girls-but the one left was accepted after the other was gone [​IMG]

    now i have 2 adult RIR's that just were introduced they are older girls that were no longer wanted - and one was pulling the silkies tail so I am keeping close eye- appears the issues occur when they are getting ready for bed in the coop but while free ranging no one cares

    I also have 6 RIR and 2 silkies that are about 1 month they are being brooded together and I have not seen any issues yet [​IMG]

    good luck if you have the room it may be best to have seperate coops

    I plan on making a banty coop and a standard coop in time .
  10. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I think you will need to give it a try and see.

    I had Silkies in with my Standards. But the Partridge Rock Roo (Big Boy) did mount my Silkie hens. And he was easily 8-9 lbs compared to their 1 lb. I built a seperate house and run for the silkies. They seem much happier.

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