Silkies in a mixed flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickEchick, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings -

    LOOOOONG story short - I have ended up with a flock made up of one 5 month old black silkie hen. I would like to have two more chickens - for a total of 3 birds. I have been reading that I am better off to stick with silkies - which is fine - but what age silkies should I get. My hatchery has them in all age ranges.....

    Thank You!!!!
     
  2. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    It really doesn't matter! Chicks or other birds her age, shouldn't make a difference. Now if you get chicks You black silkie will probably be head hen but that's ok!
     
  3. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I am inclined to get a couple that are at least a couple of months old just so I can put them together sooner. However, I wish to avoid as much pecking order drama as possible....
     
  4. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    AND at several weeks old I should be able to tell the hens from the roosters.....
     
  5. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually....... with silkies It can take up until they start crowing or laying eggs to tell the gender. They have no distinguishing features such as a comb or male/female tail feathers.
     
  6. cbookout

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    I had this question a year ago when deciding to add a Silkie to my mixed flock. I already had New Hampshire Reds, Speckled Sussex, Easter Eggers and Buff Orpingtons.

    I wish I had followed the advice of some of the others on BYC. I read several posts about not mixing Silkies with other breeds because of their docile and subservient nature and their tiny size.

    I ended up adding a beautiful little Silkie to my mixed flock and very quickly started to notice that she was being picked on. Especially by the NHR. The only chickens I had that seemed to leave her alone were the Easter Eggers. All the others, including the Buffs could be downright mean. I finally had to give her back to the nice lady I purchased her from after one of the NHR's took a chunk out of her neck.

    Silkies are the best. They are sweet, don't mind being held and their little tinted eggs are just perfect. My little silkie layed 3 to 4 eggs a week once she hit 9months old. I actually got 2 at first but by 6months I started to notice one getting less of a 'poof' and more of a red comb. He ended up being so gorgeous the lady I got him from was happy to take him back.

    I def think its easier to get all the same age. Instead of a hatchery you might want to see if there are any hobbiest silkie breeders near you because you would be more likely to get older birds that you can be sure that they will be female. As I said earlier mine did not show signs of being a rooster until 6 months of age versus other chickens that you can start to tell at 4 to 6 weeks.

    Silkies are wonderful. When I have a larger property I plan to have a separate pen and run just for a few silkies. They are just so cute and sweet and I think they lay fine for such a tiny thing.

    Good Luck!
     
  7. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Since one of the Silkies was a Rooster - I decided to take them both back to the Hatchery. Luckily, the owner was happy to have them. I ended up with an Orphington, Wynandote and a Lakenvelder. So far so good - I really appreciate the insight and think I made a good decision as a result.

    Have a Great Day!
     

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