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Will these breeds get along in the same coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by caj1985, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting some mixed hatching eggs. [​IMG] Before I get them I am trying to plan for the new coops I will need.

    I already have a mixed flock that I can add to but I know some of the new ones I have in mind will need a place of their own.

    I am thinking of the following breeds:
    silkie (to act as broodies) [​IMG]
    WFB Spanish bantam (just because I like the looks)

    Black Sumatra
    Salmon Faverolle
    Mottle Houdan
    Araucana

    I know the silkies will need to be kept from some of the new and most of my originals as they are all large fowl. Which if any of the others listed will be OK to mix with them? I normally let my hens free range in the evenings but figure I will need to keep the silkie and Houdan confined all the time.

    Any suggestions out there from people who have mixed flocks?

    Will the Faverolle be OK in the Arkansas heat and humidity or should I reconsider them?

    Thanks.
     
  2. a123andpoof

    a123andpoof Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the silkie is with them from day one, or like only a few days and grows up right with them they would be okay with the other breeds, if you get them seperate they probably should only live with other bantams. I have two silkies they were a measly one month younger then my other birds. It didn't work out. The hens were mean to the female, and the roo bullied all the hens and left many with bare butts. Needless to say they were seperated. If it had been just my hen I don't think it ever would have worked. The roo was her protecter and only reason she survived in that flock.
     
  3. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any others? Will the Faerolles survive the heat and humidity?
     
  4. beaglady

    beaglady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although I'm in PA, we do get our share of heat & humidity. Faverolles are fine here in the summer. I'm not familiar with Sumatras, but the others should all do well together. I've had all of them together, except Houdans, but a friend has had Houdans with her Favs &
    Ameraucanas, where they did just fine.
     
  5. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Beaglady. I lived in New Jersey for a year just outside of Philly. If your summer is anything like there, then the Favs should do quite well here.

    Would the Favs be OK with the silkies and Houdans? I figure I will put the Sumatras in with my Hamburgs until I want to get hatching eggs from them. That might be an interesting cross with my Blue Hamburgs. That just gave me an idea for a project.
     

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