Silkies the good and the bad?
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The head poof, while adorable, does obscure vision somewhat...again making them more vulnerable to predators.
They tend to be good little mommy hens, which is great for raising chicks, but not so great for getting eggs.
The good. Great for pets, especially for kids. Females are very docile. Willing to brood whatever you want to give them. The ones I have had are quiet.
The bad. Not so great at egg production. Can only brood small quantities of eggs or chicks.. Bad at avoiding predators. Hatchery birds can be quite skittish.
That was what I was planning on doing. Actually, am grouping them together with all the weird feather chickens--Polish, Cochin, d'Uccle--since they can be targeted too.
- Crazy for Silkies
the bad, susceptible to wry neck and not very hardy. Can't get wet because their feathers are more like fur and water soaks them to the bone. Mine have been very loud. Very vounarble to preditors, must clip their crests or they can not see, must clip their bottoms to keep poop from matting in feathers. Have a tendency to need supplements or can develop defences easily. Can't fly and sleep on ground level. Can't climb or jump very well. More tender than standard breeds.
Hope this helps.