What other chickens mix well with buff orpingtons? (B.O. roo too)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redfeather, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. redfeather

    redfeather Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    I have always wanted silkies, but I am guessing it will be impossible to keep a few silkie hens happy and healthy with a big ole' BO roo tearing up the place, now wouldn't it? I am guessing I won't even be able to try polish again?

    What kind of ornamental/layer hens CAN I keep with a B.O. roo?

  2. CloggingChicken

    CloggingChicken In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    Hendersonville, NC
    It really depends on your preference and desires. Other Orp varieties would work. Do you want color and variety or purity?
    We had a few silkies and the size difference was too much as the silkies started getting torn up after he had worn out their feathering. We have a few Wyandottes mixed with ours too. The offspring from both crosses were absolutely beautiful. The silkies had a few male chicks with a Wyandotte roo and their lacing and coloration was more beautiful than the pure SLW father.

    Good luck on your selection.
  3. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Songster

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    i have a bo hen and her best friend is my silver laced wyandotte. i also have a polish and a silkie in with them and they dont fight. they also do well with black australorps auracana rhode island red cornish seramas marans and barred rocks. over all they are friendly and i have yet to find a chicken they dont get along with
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have a TOTALLY mixed flock, with 1 BO hen in amongst all the ones in my signature paragraph. She gets along with all of 'em. They're pretty together, too.

    What I think would be a striking flock is BOs and BAs. [​IMG] Black and orange chickens! And they're about the same size, and marginally related breeds.

    Just a thought.

  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have Orps - heritage. My Roo is a very large boy. He lives with bantams - a cochin hen, rosecomb roo, rir roo, rir/rosecomb pullet - shares a coop, run and freeranges with them. He was added to my flock when he was already an adult rooster and my little guys were about 8 months old. Have never had a problem with the Orp and the bantams.

    Depending upon your roo - I say go for it - get your silkies.

    Here is a picture from last year. My roo Versace is on the right - the little tiny splash hen in the middle of the photo is a full grown Rosecomb hen - a few more bantams on the let.

  6. MakNugget

    MakNugget Songster

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    My three girls get along just fine. They really are pretty and stand out red/yellow/black.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Light Sussex are pretty, large enough for a buff orp roo, and about as mild as BOs.

  8. redfeather

    redfeather Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    I've actually gotten really interested in Delawares! What about those? They're about the same size and all.

    I don't know, my roo is quite the gentleman, but he's still very large! We had tried some polish once before, and the ONE hen I got out of four straight run chicks got killed by the other three polish and the two BO roos before we could butcher them all.

    I am going to go and measure my coop here, and I would like some input on exactly how many chickens can be kept happily/successfully in it. Thanks for your input, all!
  9. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    The suggested room for each: standard size bird is 4sq ft inside the coop and 10 sq ft in the run.. If you free range every day/ most of the day -you could get by w/ less space... BUT remember if you have lots of ice/snow they will have to be cooped up together more often..

    I had a BO roo and have 2 BO hens and would never put a bantam in w/ them.. The roo was too rough on my full size hens and he was rehomed.. The hens are bossy and in charge... BUT I know most people say they are very nice... so I have the exception to the rule...

    I love my Barred Rock hens.. They are beautiful, they are laying machines, they are nice but not cuddly and will not be 'pushed' around but will not pick a fight...

  10. HeritageHens

    HeritageHens Chirping

    Aug 9, 2010
    Quote:And my BO is a total jerk. [​IMG] Most of the others hens don't like to be around her, except perhaps the Dark Brahma. Just tonight when I went to close up the coop, the Plymouth Rock was off by herself on the roost. I quickly figured out it was because Cashew was next to her. I relocated the PR to the middle of the roost and she was very happy.

    Cashew thinks I'm the cats meow and wants nothing more than to sit on my lap. [​IMG]

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