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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:24 am 
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Hi, we have recently got back our plymouth rock hen from her foster home and acquired a free rooster with her, but we are quite new to the chicken world so are unsure of his breed, would anyone be able to tell us what he is please?
Also we have a grey bearded silkie hen too, and were wondering whether the rooster will breed with both the layers and produce fertile eggs?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance :)


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I don't know what breed he might be but he is a handsome fellow. He looks pretty big to me, so if he is a large boy be careful of your silkie with him as roosters too big for a bird can lead to nasty damage to the back or legs as there is such a weight difference. An occasional mating would probably be fine but I wouldn't leave him with the silkie full time. A Plymouth rock hen should be fine with him, but at a ratio of one hen to one rooster I wouldn't leave them together all the time either - it would be very hard on her.

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I agree with NellyG. He is too big for a Silkie but they will produce fertile eggs. Silkie crosses are just adorable. :-)
You really want at least 8 hens per rooster to save the hens the stress and injury of being constantly mated.


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He isn't any particular breed and its hard to pinpoint whether his mum and dad were pure-breds.

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Mated to a Plymouth Rock hen he'll produce autosexing progeny. Male chicks will be blackish with a white spot on their heads and will grow out to be barred. Female chicks will be unbarred and more or less black probably with some gold highlights.


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Not sure about his black beak and white ish legs to be able to sex the chickens by colour?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:20 am 
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Thanks everyone for your helpful advice :)
He is indeed a handsome chap, and a grumpy one at that! Our silkie is apart from these two during the day, and we are getting more chooks today to build up the flock to relieve pressure on her and our plymouth, and also to try to sort the hierarchy issues. Mr rooster is not so much of a gentleman. Fingers crossed when they all go free range again things will improve :)


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He is a beauty.

He looks like a Rhode Island Red x. Not sure of the x maybe Hew Hampshire??

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