Silkies are being picked on

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by france, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a silkie roo and two hens. Some of the EE's have started pecking the two
    silkie hens badly. Just feathers so far but I am worried it will be worse. Both hens have been
    hiding on the others. We had already decided to
    move the silkie hens out to their own coop but then snow hit and we ran out of time. They
    have never had a problem before, it was just I wanted to free range the rest and not the
    silkie hens that are my son's pets. I guess all the cold and locked inside time is making them
    bored. We had actually bought a small coop a couple of months ago and boy am I glad I did.
    We moved that coop outside our back glass doors this afternoon. Tomorrow I will get the new coop ready
    and pick up another heat lamp etc. Then move them over tomorrow night.

    On one hand I am excited to have them outside the back door. I can watch them all the time when
    they are outside. Silkie tv [​IMG] On the other hand I am bummed we could not wait until spring.
    I was originally thinking I would move them and let one hatch some eggs. Not now in the
    middle of winter.
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a non-bearded silkie hen and roo that run with all my "big girls" and they don't bother her at all. BUT, she was raised with them from a fairly young age. For the most part, silkies do get picked on my large fowl chickens. Partly because they don't see well and partly because of their docile natures.
     
  3. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have all been together since day one. I think they are just bored and picking on them. The smaller silkie is much quicker and gets away. The
    other silkie is not exactly the brightest bulb in the bunch so I guess I should not be surprised she is being picked on.
     

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