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post #11 of 14

My Silkie is the toughest bird I have. Free ranges during the day, stays clean and always comes back to coop to roost. She has no problems handling the cold winter temps either.

post #12 of 14

The silkies I raised handled the cold very well . I shut them in at night but never had to heat the coop, they enjoyed coming out in the snow as long as it wasn't to windy.

It is possible for silkies that have very lg. crests and have never been free ranged to get lost. It is best to trim the crest if you plan to free range at lest tell they get to know the environment and the bully in the coop. smile

Wings and Waddles poultry, a Michigan 4H leader and Breeder of White Showgirls.
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Wings and Waddles poultry, a Michigan 4H leader and Breeder of White Showgirls.
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post #13 of 14

This will be the first winter that mine goes out...but I had her and her sister in a little enclosed coop with my new phoenix roo for a couple months...then her sister passed away so we got some bigger hens...they all get along and she's attached to the roo so he keeps her safe...even in the strong winds today he made sure she was safe and always there with him. But like most things, results may vary :p

I'm just going to resort to opening a petting zoo LOL!

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I'm just going to resort to opening a petting zoo LOL!

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post #14 of 14

I don't think silkies are stupid. I think the abundance of feathers on their heads inhibits their vision. If you trim the feathers around their faces, they should be able to see fine and not get lost. My silkies never leave the coop when I let the others free range. Sometimes one will stand in the doorway, but that's the most they come out.

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