Will these chickens get along?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tuhraycee, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, I have some easter egger bantams (2) and buff orpingtons (3) hens. I'd like to get a white silkie, 2 black cochins and at least one crested polish (all hens). Will they get along? How should I integrate them? We only have one coop - an 8'x8'. Will they get along or no?


    Also - is $7 for silkies and cochins and $5 for polish high or good?

    Thank you!! [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    For an 8x8 coop, I would probably only add 2 more hens at best. For large fowl, they need 4 sq feet per bird. The bantam sizes don't need quite as much. If they are too crowded, they can develop bad habits like agressive behavior and feather pulling.
     
  3. BerrytangleFarm

    BerrytangleFarm British and Scandinavian Poultry

    I had Seramas and Silkies raised together. Added bantam Cochin and Americauna chicks en masse to the coop. They all eventually got along fine together, but when I tried to add other breeds things didn't go well.
     
  4. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I thought our coop looked kind of small but wasn't sure. I'd definitely classify our buff orpingtons as larger fowl - surprises me how big they are!
     
  5. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee Out Of The Brooder

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    Wouldn't more than just two more be ok though, if the bigger ones need 4 square feet and I have 64 square feet?

    I'm thinking 2 square feet each for the bantams, then 4 square feet for the rest (not sure how big cochins, silkies and polish get but 4 would be safe). With 2 bantams, 3 orps, a silkie, polish and cochin that comes to 28 square feet right? Or am I doing the math wrong? I just wanna be sure! [​IMG]

    Eta: We don't have a run - they roam free during the day.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The number that you are going for is 9 birds? 8x8 is plenty of room.

    What would be difficult as you might have seen from threads on this site, is integration. Study well and be ready for pecking order fights.
     

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