Will a LF Rooster hurt a Silkie hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rowegirl, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. rowegirl

    rowegirl New Egg

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    I have a small flock of 5 LF hens and one silkie hen. I just got a LF BR rooster and was wondering if he might hurt the silkie hen? I'm new to the chicken world so I didn't know if he would hurt her if he bred with her.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I wouldn't recommend it, he could break her neck or squash her. Some large roosters will leave small hens alone. I personally keep my bantam separate. I do keep bantam roosters with my large birds but the other way around I wouldn't.
     
  3. rowegirl

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    Thank you! I got the silkie for my 3 year old daughter so I don't want anything happening to her. Does it matter if they are free range? Mine roam all day and then are in the coop at night.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Unfortunately I can only share my experiences or what I've read. I would observe the flock to see if the rooster pays any attention to her, some roosters will favor a few hens as far as breeding, and other will cover every hen. I have read on this site about roosters occasionally breaking necks during mating but it seems to be young roosters. So if you see him ignoring her than you could be fine, but if he's mating her it's up to you to decide if it's too much.

    Some of the silkies I've owned in the past have ranged from spunky go getters, to nearly mentally disabled, so your hens personality will play into it too. Sometimes silkies act a bit odd and can be targets so watch that the rooster behaves himself. Free ranging can let you get away with more things due to the ability for birds to get away from each other.
     
  5. rowegirl

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    Ok. That makes sense. Thank you so much for your time and experience!
     

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