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Hi everyone. Im new here still trying to post photos via the mobile site but struggeling alot. We recently got 2 silkies not sure of their gender or age or if they are purebreed. Will post photos as soon as i figure out how. Im from south africa. We have had normal chickens before but never silkies. Do silkies prefer different food?
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Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! 
Please make yourself at home! Nope I believe Silkies eat the same kind of food as other breeds. 

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Thanks for the welcome. Oh and im 32years old. I have loads of questions will be posting them in the other threads.
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. 

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 
 
 
All the best
CT
Nairobi, Kenya
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Welcome to Backyard chickens.  In US  we have  bantam sized Silkies.  I think in other countries they are  larger birds.  Care for silkies is pretty much the same as other breeds BUT,

with their big crests and beards their vision is obscured.  This makes them easy targets for predators.  Also silkies don't  fly but, they can jump pretty high. Still can't escape from preds. Other breeds tend to peck & bully them because they don't look like regular  chickens  - same thing applies to Polish breed.

 

If they grow up with other breeds I think that is not as much a problem.  I don't think they can handle extremes in temps.  like heat.  Silkies are not the best layers BUT, they are considered one of the best broodies.   Hatchery birds  generally have that bred out of them  because going broody means they will stop laying for a few weeks.   Breeder stock carries the broody traits.

 

White silkies stand out to predators (except in snow)  so I would imagine the partridge and darker colors  have some camouflage benefits. You may want to explore the several dedicated silkie threads, mainly divided by color: Buff silkies, Nothing but Partridge silkies, ,Paint silkies and my favorite  simply  "Silkie thread.  You can find any by putting the name in the search box and it will pop up.

 

There is also another variety of silkie called  "Showgirls,"  they come in  silkies colors, same type feathers, also tend to be very broody and docile. They are more exotic looking- people  either love or hate them.   They have totally naked necks  or the bow tie type has a puff of feather midway down the throat - which I think is cuter.

 

PS if you don't show them you can cut back the beards and crests so they can see much better - though they still don't have the defenses to escape predators.

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Hi everyone. Thanks for the warm welcome. And thanks for the info on silkies i will go take a look. As you can see mine are white but i have to learn how to identify the gender. Also i think mine are crossed as one has a white skin and their eyes arnt completely covered in feather. People have comented that mine look like 2 pullets. Would it be a good idea to get a cockrel if they are pullets?
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