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New silkies won't explore the run, hide in a corner most of the time.

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Hi everybody. I brought two young silkies home from a show about a month ago. I guess their ages were about 6 week for one and 10 weeks for the other.  They had a pen inside the main coop to themselves for a few weeks. Then I started letting them out in the run while I watched to make sure they weren't attacked too bad. They never seemed too interested in exploring/scratching much. They are now fully integrated with no major pecking incidents, and I removed their temporary pen. But they continue to huddle in the corner that was their pen. I have showed them the ramps to exit the coop to the run several times, by shooing them up and down the ramps. My other birds never had any problems with the ramps even when they were babies. When I have shooed them out to the run, they just huddle by the fence, occasionally scratching. The rest of the flock mostly ignores them. Occasionally my other silkies stand very close to them in a sort of challenge, and the larger baby will lower her head in a submissive posture. The rest of the flock go in and out all day. But these babies don't seem to move much unless I make them. They are eating and drinking well and growing. Poops are healthy. I put them on corid preventatively. They appear very healthy.

 

They have more crest at this age than my other silkies had. Especially the larger one. So I wonder it their eyesight is the issue. Should I cut the crest off? Any ideas or advice would be appreciated. 

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Hi everybody. I brought two young silkies home from a show about a month ago. I guess their ages were about 6 week for one and 10 weeks for the other.  They had a pen inside the main coop to themselves for a few weeks. Then I started letting them out in the run while I watched to make sure they weren't attacked too bad. They never seemed too interested in exploring/scratching much. They are now fully integrated with no major pecking incidents, and I removed their temporary pen. But they continue to huddle in the corner that was their pen. I have showed them the ramps to exit the coop to the run several times, by shooing them up and down the ramps. My other birds never had any problems with the ramps even when they were babies. When I have shooed them out to the run, they just huddle by the fence, occasionally scratching. The rest of the flock mostly ignores them. Occasionally my other silkies stand very close to them in a sort of challenge, and the larger baby will lower her head in a submissive posture. The rest of the flock go in and out all day. But these babies don't seem to move much unless I make them. They are eating and drinking well and growing. Poops are healthy. I put them on corid preventatively. They appear very healthy.

 

They have more crest at this age than my other silkies had. Especially the larger one. So I wonder it their eyesight is the issue. Should I cut the crest off? Any ideas or advice would be appreciated. 

It could be the crest as you mention.  One of my silkies has such a large crest she is able to see only directly in front. She is fearful of going into new areas.  I tried trimming and it was a mistake; the hen was so terrified that she moved even less than before (possibly yours would react differently).  Give them some time and they will slowly investigate their surroundings.

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It could be the crest as you mention.  One of my silkies has such a large crest she is able to see only directly in front. She is fearful of going into new areas.  I tried trimming and it was a mistake; the hen was so terrified that she moved even less than before (possibly yours would react differently).  Give them some time and they will slowly investigate their surroundings.

 



Good to know about the trimming possibly causing more problems. Thanks!
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They are still young and could still be afraid of the bigger older girls. I've never had silkies but have noticed that timid breeds seem to take longer to integrate than more out going breeds. 

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They are still young and could still be afraid of the bigger older girls. I've never had silkies but have noticed that timid breeds seem to take longer to integrate than more out going breeds. 


 



Yes, they are still trying to stay out of the way of the others. Thanks!
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