Silkies and Standards in Same Coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rasin peeps, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. rasin peeps

    rasin peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 standard chickens of different breeds. My daughter wants silkies. Can they all live in harmony?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    They can. A friend of mine has a little flock--four standards and just one silkie, and they get along just fine. Those little bantam sized chickens can be very spunky. [​IMG]
     
  3. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They absolutely can! I have 2 silkies and 8 standard chickens of different breeds and they all get along. If nothing else, my older silkie seems to be the most dominant hen.
     
  4. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely. I have 9 adult silkes, and probably 10 teenagers, along with 10 adult standard and I think 15 guineas...all in the same coop. (the guinea cock can be a bully, but otherwise everyone gets along just fine!)
     
  5. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got one little silkie in with 8 standards of various breeds. She was added about a month and a half ago, along with 4 other pullets, and is a few months older than they are. The others all now tower over her, but as soon as she got here, she wormed her way into the very middle of the pecking order, just below the existing flock. It's so funny watching her chase the bigger birds away from her favorite treats! She seems to work and play well with both the new birds and the older birds. I never worry about her out there.
     
  6. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely. I have 13 breeds, 29 ladies in all. 3 are silkies. They belly right up the food along with the Jersey giants, orps and all. Even cuter is when they all settle down to nap...those silkies snuggle right up to everyone.
     
  7. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    I have 18 standard birds and only 2 silkies. Much to my delight the silkies are not picked on. It's funny when the silkies see "trouble" they scoot away so fast which usually involves going under and through the other chickens' legs [​IMG] It's quite a sight!
     

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