I am so sorry for your loss. I had silkies but they're too dainty for me. I moved Frenchy into the back room off the garage but still her little waterer freezes sometimes. I may move Buckwheat her DD in with her. They're both frzis and not laying right now. I'd like to get some more from them. Frenchy is the only one from my first order of chickens. I like Friz's but they're dainty too.
I think NY is too cold for Dainty unless you have a warmer area. The backroom has a heater in it so it's a little warmer. I have 5 wk old chicks there too with a heat light. Heat is ok if you can keep things dry.
I have humidity gauges in the coops and they are just too damp. Though the hoop coop stays warmer. I will work on the ventilation in the main coop.
Now you folks might like to know. I HAVE AN E-MAIL TO PAUL HARTER FOR CHICKS. I'm going to order some Dels and possibly some Partridge Rocks. His Dels appear meatier than my line and I plan to cross them and work on meatiness. Mine are great layers and I'm getting quite a few eggs for winter time. Most days more than 50% of my hens lay. I'm shooting for the end an Feb. delivery.
I don't have PR's so if someone is interested let me know. I will of course expect more than I pay for his chicks to compensate for my trouble. He has a minimum of 25 chicks, otherwise I'd order less.
I just don't have that much room for 25 more Dels. He does have BO's but I'm working with Lavs and Blues. I do have a pair of BO's but plan to put them with a couple of RIR's I have and see what develops.
Take care folks, off to CM for feed.