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Would it be better to start a mix flock of all 7ish week old chicks or get the silkies I want as adu

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SoManyQuestions, May 28, 2016.

  1. SoManyQuestions

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    Hi everyone! I'm getting chickens for the first time. I'm very excited, have been doing a lot of research, but still have so many questions!! I found a guy near me that raises Silkies,Polish,and Americana. The breeds are kept separate however. I'm wondering which of the two options I have came up with would better?
    1:Get 4 Americana, 2 Polish, and 2 Silkies all at around 7 weeks old.

    2:Bring home 2 one year old silkie hens and a one silkie rooster first. Then around 5 weeks later introduce 2 Polish and 4 Americana 7 week olds to them?

    I'm worried about the Silkies getting picked on. We only have one large area for them. It has one house to roost on stilts, one with 3 lay boxes, and a 200sqft run. Plan to let them free range as much as possible once they know where home is.
    Other suggestions welcome! Thanks y'all!
     
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    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You could probably do both ways, but the first way has less problems since you don't need to introduce and have pecking order issues and quarantines. It's a lot easier if they are all raised together.
     
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    Hi! Thank you so much for responding! He has them separated by breed at his house. I haven't went to see how far from each other they are yet but I assume they will need to establish the pecking order.. Would they be ok that young?
     
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    Hi thank you for responding! That is what I was thinking too but they are kept separated by breed at his place. I haven't been to see how far apart they are but I assume they will need to establish the pecking order once I put them together?
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - i agree that getting them at once will make integration easier, and yes, they will establish a pecking order, but at such a young age its less likely that any lasting damage will be done. If you can ensure that you have multiple feed stations, it will make things easier.

    Good luck
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    Ok I'll be sure to do that. Thank you!
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The seller has breeds separated most likely for breeding purposes - so his pure breeds won't mix with another breed. Which is a good thing if you don't want mixed breeds.

    I think it would be better to start with all 7 weekish chicks. BUT, silkies are extremely hard to sex before 4-5 mos. of age. Sometimes not till they crow or lay eggs. Also with their crests and beards their vision is obscured - plus silkies don't fly but can jump. This makes them a sitting duck for predators.

    IF you don't care what sex they become and have a safe covered run, instead of free ranging - you could get all at 7 weeks.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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    I've read that Polish have vision issues too. I had never heard of them before now but they are so cute I selfishly want one.. We have enough room to keep them in the coop but I'd rather them be able to roam. Maybe I'll have to reconsider breeds once I go visit them. I'm having a hard time finding pullet sized local and was very excited to have found two of the breeds I wanted together :(
     

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