Yes it can. We got most of the frame and the floor done and ⛈🌧🌦🌧⛈
Edited by TJordan - 4/14/16 at 10:20am
From your description I'd say those are white silkies for sure. That's what they seem to always have in the bantam bin in the TSC stores I have been too. The problem is that they are straight run so you'd probably get some boys... also the ones I've got have not been bantams, they are normal chicken size . You could rehome the males though probably, although as a hatching addict I just recommend getting some nice bantam silkie eggs and hatching them. Then you could get more cool colors and it would be easier to rehome the roosters if they are nice cute-looking tiny bantams instead of giant dinosaur-like creatures (my TSC silkies look like dinosaurs)
There are lots of silkie eggs on ebay (type in "hatching eggs"). A warning though, ebay is a very dangerous place for chicken addicts!
Here's my female silkie from TSC, she is HUGE and very nervous around people.
The number of chickens you have will never be enough, it's HIGHLY addicting.....You are one of us now......
Yeah, we have silkies at our store and they almost looked larger then the standard sized chicks in the other bins, certainly at least three times the size of a silkie chick at that age. That's hatchery quality for you.
Some of my momma hens have argued in the past, even killing each others' chicks, usually its just "my babies deserve more food then yours" though. One time I had a new momma and her two babies in a pen (I keep the chicks inside until they are strong enough to withstand simple pecking and to get out of water buckets should they fall in) and another mother with her older chicks outside. Both hens are sisters and look almost exactly alike, only the eye color really telling them apart, and just barely. So, when the four chicks from the outside mother (Susie) slipped into the pen with Goldie (inside mother) they were fine but wanted their mother. I opened the pen, hoping they would just come out, but of course Susie had to go in. Then, of course, the two sisters were fighting for the space, the chicks were scattering, and when I went in to break them up, I couldn't tell which chicks belonged to which mother. Eventually I just had to watch their behavior and I got them apart.
It was funny since none of them were seriously injured, and since they are sisters fighting with each other. I mean, there is plenty of food and water to go around, no need to argue for a little pen. Hens will be hens, particularly broody hens.
Here is one of my chicks, feathered out. Her name is Roshashannah, but I just call her Shani for short. She has a light head like my grey Dorking but the coloring on her body of my partridge Rock. However, she came from a bantam egg and has extra toes and grey skin like a silkie. I'm just so confused, because all those chickens I mentioned are girls so then where did all the genes come from? And if it was a bantam rooster who was the father, why was the egg bantam too? Oh well, she's pretty, so I don't mind who the parents are. Its just fun guessing.
Here are Susie's four chicks. Two take after Bubs, their father, who is a buff Brahma. The black one, Agent, is probably Mrs Potter's son (she is a black Jersey Giant). The last is red with some partridge coloring, but I've found that usually disappears as the adult feathers come in.
Shani's adoptive sister (raised by the same mother), this little gal has a cute crest of feathers and a golden body. Again, not sure who the parents are, but I guess we can wait and see. She is either Sight or Nat, both raised by the same mother so it can get confusing at times.
I'm hoping this hatch does go well. Ruby keeps getting kicked off her nest, so now she only has four eggs and I'm pretty sure they have gone cold so many times they are dead. I'm letting her keep them though, as bait eggs, until those in the incubator can hatch. Then she can adopt those chicks as her own without me having to worry about them going cold or being broken.