I wish I could get better pictures of this cockerel, he's so pretty.
This girl was quite photogenic today. I got lots of good shots of her.
Trying to figure out the door
*C'mon, get flappy!*
*C'mon, get flappy!*
Silkies seem skittish as youngsters because they are very aware of their diminutive size and your giant size -- but now that mine are 4 and 5 yrs old I can't keep them from getting in my way and underfoot as I walk through the backyard. I have one Black Silkie that pecks at my leg to get attention the whole time I'm distributing treats. I started tapping her back and tail to get her attention for her treat. It's a game with us now. My Partridge is oldest but she'll peck at my leg or shoes for attention during treats almost like saying "HEY! Don't forget me! I'm way down here!" I'm too old to bend down on the ground to distribute treats but when they see me sit in the yard chair they come running to see what the goodies will be. Sometimes they try to jump up to my lap but it's too high for Silkies so I stretch out my legs and they'll climb halfway up to my knees.
Our Black Silkie is the smartest and tamest because we got her as a lone pullet about 3 or 4 months old and had to keep her in-house until she was grown about 6 months old. During her stay in-house we had her in a chicken diaper and she got accustomed to all the handling we did to put on and remove diapers, and wash her tush feathers every evening, blowdry her, and then she insisted on sleeping in a dinette chair in the kitchen instead of her kennel. She was our first experience with an in-house chicken and she got very used to all the handling we did every day. It was comical trying to put on a chicken diaper when there are 10-toes pushing it away as you try to put it on. Needless to say, all that handling made her a very tame Silkie. The older Partridge Silkie got accustomed to being picked up (judge's hold) and rewarded with treats -- today she trembles with excitement and squats to be picked up for treats or else she tugs at our socks or pant leg to get our attention. They grow every day with something new and endearing but it doesn't happen all at once -- but very rewarding when it does happen.
P.S. So far there have been only 2 breeds of chickens that were people-friendly and unafraid right out of the shipping crate -- Breda chickens and Dominique chickens. These two breeds as juveniles in our limited experience have been the most outgoing, curious, unafraid, people-seeking breeds we've owned. And they play nice with the Silkies in the flock. our Ameraucana is sweet and plays nice with flock members but not as outgoing or curious -- more wary, skittish, and alert.