will silkies an orp cross breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by little blue, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. little blue

    little blue Chillin' with my Orps

    Jul 11, 2010
    Mansfield, CT
    i raise large breed orpingtons in buff, black,blue,lavender,an white my sister has showgirls an bearded silkies can we keep them in the same coop when we start hatching eggs or will they cross breed.
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, they will crossbreed.
    No, you cannot keep them in the same coop. An Orpington rooster will break the back of a silkie hen; plus, he'll kill the silkie rooster.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2010
  3. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Totally agree. When there's a will, there's a way. They will breed. Roosters don't recognize a hen of a different breed as someone they should not breed. A chicken is a chicken.

    I also must agree that this is not a wise decision as far as cooping is concerned. Large fowl males and bantams females never mix well. That's an accident waiting to happen, especially because males tend to be rough when they mate.

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