Hi all So we are thinking of buying silkie chicks to raise but are worried they will be bullied by the other chickens. Obviously we would raise them in a brooder for a couple of months and then in a separate (but in sight) pen to the others, but we have done this before with the same breed (to the original girls) chicken (but they were new and rescued from the battery so a little timid and scragglier.) The bulliers are 2 lohmann browns and one black australorp. They will definitely get better the longer they are with the newbies, but even now with the ex-battery girls they tend to peck and the battery girls will refuse to eat with them (they used to but got pecked so much they avoid it now.) Are there any methods to bond chickens better? Or would it just be easier to let them out at separate times or fence off areas they should separately roam in??? (they are let out most of the day) All suggestions are welcome!! Also does anyone know the average eggs/year rate for silkies and what age they start laying??? Thank you!!