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Silkie thread! - Page 5910post #59091 of 622243/27/16 at 12:25am"Know well the condition of your flocks...." Proverbs 27:23"Know well the condition of your flocks...." Proverbs 27:23post #59092 of 622243/27/16 at 1:10ampost #59093 of 622243/27/16 at 4:48amQuote:I wouldn't worry just yet. It's hard to tell if something is wrong this early if the little guy is just smaller. I had a Polish chick who seemed to stop growing, so I did a ton of research to see what the problem could be and ended up expecting some horrific death for the little guy. While the other chicks more than doubled in size, he remained tiny and liked to hang out closer to the brooder plate. Several weeks later, he suddenly started growing. He also grew a comb and wattles as he shot past the other chicks in size. Try not to worry, take care of them the best you can, and just wait it out. I hope all will be okay.Originally Posted by hannahenriquez
i have 2 silkie chicks that hatched the same day but one is still teeny tiny, he/she is usually a spunky (kinda a bully) one while the bigger one is more chill however the last couple days, the little one has really seemed to stop growing and is quite a bit less active, should i be worried?post #59094 of 622243/27/16 at 6:39ampost #59095 of 622243/27/16 at 12:36pm"Know well the condition of your flocks...." Proverbs 27:23"Know well the condition of your flocks...." Proverbs 27:23post #59096 of 622243/27/16 at 1:00pmpost #59097 of 622243/27/16 at 1:03pmpost #59098 of 622243/27/16 at 1:21pmQuote:
Silkies are short and anything that looms overhead, including us humans to pick them up, will cause them to be skittish naturally - a predator defense mechanism in chickens. We sit or crouch with treats to get the Silkies to come to us and then we use the "judge's hold" to pick them up. Slip one hand under their breast between their legs and with the other hand hold the wings down so the Silkie can't flap. Then we hold the Silkie close to our torso (no squeezing hard) to make it feel secure. The idea of this type of picking up is to avoid touching their egg reproductive sides. It takes a little practice before chicken and human get accustomed to this. We pick up all our breeds this way and it's been the best method for us. I have one Silkie that trembles when we pick her up she gets so excited because she knows (at least I think it is) she is getting a special treat afterwards.post #59099 of 622243/27/16 at 1:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by JeepersCreepers
So she would probably be happier with another silkie? I loved her brother he was docile but I can't keep a roo where I live. I was looking at chicks, but should I look closer to her same age? She is 7 mo. My EE gets along with her, but she still is a bit aloof from the flock.
It's always nice that bantam breeds are not alone. I bought a 2nd Silkie juvenile for our older Silkie hen after we re-homed her brother - we're not zoned for roos. The two Silkie hens aren't what I would call the best of buddies but they do often toodle around together foraging. And sometimes they split up with one Silkie going with an LF and the other Silkie pairing off with another LF. Having 2 Silkies together as hatchmates is ideal but one of our chicks grew up a cockerel and we had to re-home the little sweetie. Hated to give him up since he was such a love. Today I don't get Silkie chicks and only buy Silkies as identifiable-sexed pullet juveniles at around 3 or 4-months-old or by guaranteed chick DNA testing from the breeder.
Our first 2 Partridge chicks given to us from day-old and one grew up a brother! He wasn't full-grown yet but his feathers were coming in so colorful!
He was the sweetest little guy at 6-months.post #59100 of 622243/27/16 at 2:27pmQuote:Maybe they meant black split to paint (which would be a black bird that carries paint genetics). Yours aren't splits, they're paints. All of them (as far as I can tell, anyway).
Edited to add: Or maybe they were saying they came from a blacks? I don't know, either way though
Edited by howfunkyisurchicken - 3/27/16 at 2:28pmNikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*Nikki
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