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how to care for silkies properly?

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hi everybody. i am wondering how to take care of silkie bantams. i am thinking about getting some and know nothing about them. i would like to know some stuff about them such as how to care for them properly, what they look like, i know that sounds kind of weird because everyone is always talking about them but i dont know what one looks like. it would be great if you guys that read this and have silkie bantams would post some pictures of your silkies and then post a caption under them.


that would be great thanks.

i love my chickens to death....i think that they are the best animals ever..i have 46 of them and they all have names and i treat them like a member of the family..they are by far the best animal in the world... i love them
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i love my chickens to death....i think that they are the best animals ever..i have 46 of them and they all have names and i treat them like a member of the family..they are by far the best animal in the world... i love them
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post #2 of 33

take care of them just like other chickens.

Just be aware of a couple of things...

1st, they can't fly...at...all.  A low fence will keep them in.

2nd, their skulls do not completely close together on top.  That's what gives them the domey head look but also can cause issues if they get pecked on the head hard, or hit their head hard.

3rd, they aren't good egg layers, generally, but GREAT broodies.  I have 4 girls and get about 5 eggs a WEEK from them.

4th, they will take over.  Really.  They are out to rule the world.  Just ask PurpleChicken.  We love our silkies - we have fallen completely into their mind control to the point where I've got 5 new chicks hatched from our own eggs and 5 more in the hatcher due on Wed...

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post #3 of 33

They don't see very well if you have the bearded kind because of all the fluff.  I keep mine in a sererate pen because I would be afraid that the standard welsummer girls would hurt or peck them. Now I have 3 girls of laying age now and I get 2/3 eggs a day from them and I've already had one try to go broody on me but I kept taking the eggs from her to break her. Here are a couple pics of mine.

Porcelain silkie girl
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/porcelainsilkie.jpg

Sgt. Pepper partridge roo
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/sgtpepper.jpg

Sweetie splash pullet
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/splash.jpg

partridge pullet
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/partridgegirl.jpg

Hokey Pokey blue roo
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/hokeypokey1.jpg

Lola black hen
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/100_0881.jpg


Edited by Poison Ivy - 7/7/08 at 8:29am
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post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 

thanks for the advice. love the chicken pictures.

i love my chickens to death....i think that they are the best animals ever..i have 46 of them and they all have names and i treat them like a member of the family..they are by far the best animal in the world... i love them
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i love my chickens to death....i think that they are the best animals ever..i have 46 of them and they all have names and i treat them like a member of the family..they are by far the best animal in the world... i love them
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post #5 of 33

Here is a picture of my silkie.  From reading on here, I've figured out she is non-bearded. She was lost in a storm, muddy and soaking wet and my friend rescued her from the mouth of a dog and that is how I acquired her. 

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg192/ibpboo/MVC-842S.jpg

post #6 of 33

Thank you for posting your question.  I too needed to know these things.  My broody Momma black sexlink is just begining to cut her apron strings from her 6-6wk old silkie chicks.  We just let them range with Momma.   Which was both good and bad.  Bad because they are not tame. Good grief!  The guiena keets are more tame. 
  We lost a silkie to a hawk last week and need to pen the rest soon.  My DH nearly died when I brought the silkies home, but they are just so darn cute!  I have caught him showing pics to people! 
  Another interesting thing about silkies is they have black skin.  In parts of Asia they make a soup from them and consider it quite healing.  Actually found them dressed and frozen in the Asian market freezer.  Went for $8.99 a pound.   Been looking at the little guys in a new light.  Almost mystical.

post #7 of 33

Silkies are sweet & personable.  Mine hold their own with Standards.  The cutest thing:  When another bird gets a treat that they wanted, they cry/whine like kids!  "Oh, Frank got that grape!"

post #8 of 33

Glad you posted the question. thumbsup  Didn't know about the closed skull thing. My silkies are great layers, for now anyway. Hubby swears that the 3 yo is laying 2 a day. idunno For some reason, only one attempted to go broody, then gave it up after 6 days.

I just love 'em, but then, I ride arabians (and they're not "REAL" horses, according to my QH friends!) wink


The baby pen
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3273/2627191239_56a562342a.jpg?v=0
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2085/2643326326_0924a4f9a7_m.jpg

post #9 of 33

That Sgt. Pepper is gorgeous!  love

I am very attracted to silkies when I can see their eyes.  He has such a wonderful color, too.

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That Sgt. Pepper is gorgeous!  love

I am very attracted to silkies when I can see their eyes.  He has such a wonderful color, too.


Totally agree. What a pretty bird!!

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