Originally Posted by Tommy_poultry
Originally Posted by chickendales
Originally Posted by Summer98
Can silkies handle cold winters? Are they hard to keep clean free-range?
silkies should not be free ranged they get lost too easy
and they do ok in a draft free barn
do they really get lost?
Edited by JulieNKC - 10/21/11 at 7:07am
My silkies are free ranged with the rest of my chickens. I really don't know where someone is getting their helpless stupid silkies who get lost, but mine are just fine. If anything a bit smarter than my others, I've lost 5 chickens to predators so far and my silkies have been safe and sound everytime. I worry a little about hawks, but just because they are smaller and easier/ not because they are stupid.
They went outside last december when they were about 6 weeks old. It gets and stays below 0 in the winter here pretty often, and they did great.
ETA- When I go lock up the girls for the night I usually have to put a few stupid chickens inside who couldn't find their way to the door. These are usually my wyandottes, delaware mixes, or barred rock. My silkies have never not found their way to bed.