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integrating silkies etc.

From: Maggie
Sent on: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:06 PM
Silkies are usually so laid back as compared to some of the more assertive breeds. I don't  recommend adding them new to a group of larger sized  established flocks of  birds because of some past experiences like yours. But that said, my head silkie is big and she is the flock leader hands down in my mixed group of 11 birds. She acts like a roo in charge and has raised up 4 batches of eggs and free ranged them with no problems at all. She is a treasure.
 
 If you raise them up all as young peeps together it can be easier on everyone though.
 
Because silkies with large crests don't see as well they don't 
 always get out of the way fast enough to avoid trouble ahead of time.
 
As an example.....I added 2 early summer youngsters to my established and mixed flock....once they had reached the rest's size.....and they smacked them down hard even after doing it all the right way and slowly integrating them separately but next to each other for weeks and weeks.I had a heck of a time. Had to let them roam free a lot so the silkies could get away easy. Even now they are at the very bottom of the pecking order but there has been order established. Blu- Kote spray sure came in handy.
 
I am using my silkies to brood for me so their own youngsters are easily accepted into the flock. And they are standard breeds like RIR, sex links and Wyondottes. They all defer to their silkie moms period.
 
Otherwise it can be difficult so a separate coop comes in real handy and is a good idea.
Good luck with the new coop.....it'll make your life easier.:)

Maggie
 
 
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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] pullet for sale
From: Crystyne <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, November 23,[masked]:09 pm
To: [address removed]

 Have to ask you all.....we added 2 silkies to our 5 Plymouth Rock hens....and they nearly killed them. 
We followed all the recommended tips...keeping them separated  while being able to see each other for about 2 weeks...added them into coop at night, and we've spent 2 weeks nursing one of the silkies because they pulled a chunk of feathers and flesh from her neck ...

How are you all adding new hens to an existing flock? Now my husband is building a second coop just for the silkies.

Thanks in advance 
Christine

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On Nov 23, 2013, at 6:08 PM, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:

I am growing out a few more pullets as well so stay tuned. I am trying to figure out how many is going to be too many. lol

Maggie
 
 
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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] pullet for sale
From: Cynthia Floyd <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, November 23,[masked]:01 pm
To: [address removed]

Great! I was planning on adding 2 more hens to my flock.

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On Nov 23, 2013, at 1:54 PM, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi Cynthia,
I believe she has been spoken for. If not for sure I will get back to you asap.
Thanks for your interest.
Maggie
 
 
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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] pullet for sale
From: Cynthia Floyd <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, November 23,[masked]:27 pm
To: [address removed]

If be interested on the condition I could return her if she doesn't get along with my 4 hens. I have 2 red sex links and 2 white ones. I forgot what breed they are. I've had them since June 

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On Nov 23, 2013, at 12:59 PM, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:

 
 I have 4-sale a nice big Swedish Flower hen which just began to lay last week. Hatched here at my home this summer.
 
$20.00 pick-up only in Staten Island.
 
She is beautiful, healthy and wormed just 3 weeks ago. No vaccinations. She lays quite a large brown egg nearly everyday.  She is accustomed to foraging for a few hours each day....which this breed does very well.
 
Picture upon request.
 
 
 
Maggie




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