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Adopted two silkies

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I have a hodgepodge of hens and was given two silkies. They have integrated well with the flock but seem more nervous and fragile. Will they need a heat lamp this winter?
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Silkies are always kind of like that when in mixed bantam-standard flocks. They should be fine without a heat lamp; I generally don't recommend a heat lamp at any time, unless it's insanely cold out - like -20 or something. Cold doesn't usually bother them too much; it's rain and snow that's bad for them, since their feathers aren't even remotely waterproof. I would keep them inside the coop if it gets very stormy out, but they should otherwise be fine.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Ok, thanks much. This morning they were cuddled up with the bigger chickens so that makes me feel better.
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