Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley
I'm glad integration is going well.
I'm curious. Do your "Silkies" have 5 toes...they look to have the black skin...they should have full leg feathers and 5 toes.
Not sure what's about the leg featherless Silkie...nor why these seem larger...but hatchery bulk product can definitely have some oddities (that TSC seems to get more than a sampling).
A Silkie bantam is on the larger of the bantam scale (if you consider a Sebright on the smaller size scale), so it is not tiny, but it should definitely be noticeably smaller than the other breeds.
And yes, my wet Oregon can become a mud pit regularly...which is why I keep my feather footed birds on bark chips.
I hope it all continues to go well, and yes, you will be happy when the meaties have been processed. They are especially smelly birds.
Sorry, I missed that you replied to this... Yes, my Silkies have 5 toes and black skin... but only 1 had full leg feathering. One other one has 'some' feathering. And as for their size, I just have no idea.
I thought I knew roughly how old they were... but now, I have no idea. They are as big if not bigger than the Silver Laced Wyandottes and Barred Rocks.
I am going to talk to my son in law. He works for a local tree trimming service so I can get wood chips as well.. I think a nice big pile of that would be advantageous to me... we get mud a good bit too.
We did end up getting our meaties taken care of... Tuesday. So yeah, they are gone.
Kind of sad. I know most people hate them, but I'm such a softie, I found myself enamored by them. They were very friendly and inquisitive. Ahh well... it comes with the territory, I guess.
The integration is going ok... I've only had the teenagers out with the Isas one other day. And the Isas did their fair share of chasing and herding. I really thought it would go better after they were in the coop together. Even though they are separated. *sigh* I don't know. I finally put the teens back in the pen the other day because I felt sorry for them... I figured they were getting stressed.