Originally Posted by Traceaskew
Ok question for you seasoned chicken owners! We had a blizzard here in MD and got 32"! Anyway, I just got out to them today since Friday night and they're doing fine. The heating pad quit at some point since Friday. It was off when I went out there, and it won't come back on. I'm trying to fix it, but I'm wondering if they need it? They don't seem bothered at all. They're just over 5 weeks old. And for full disclosure, they're silkies. What do you think?
I don't know about power outages but early last week I broke out my MHP for its more frequent, off label use, on my back. I forgot that you can't plug the cord to the wall then plug it into the pad, you have to do it the other way around (I have no idea why, unless they are afraid you would touch the live contacts). So try unplugging it from the wall, then back in. It IS possible that there was a surge when the power went out? Could be that would fry the controller.
Sorry, don't know about silkies specifically but the general chick rule is they don't need heat once they are fully feathered which is typically 4 weeks. If yours have been out in the coop with their MHP from early on, I suspect they (as seems to be the case with broody and MHP brooded chicks) probably feathered out early compared to those raised in 95F 24x7 heat lamp chicks.
Originally Posted by Molpet
The woman I got them from bought them at a farm store. I think it was rural king. A lot of people here have posted about they think there were mix ups. Mine do not have yellow bottoms of feet and I do wonder what I have. I figure I will see how big they get. One is bigger than the others. They were from a May hatch and I read it can take 18 months for them to reach full size
edit to add they look like BA or BJG and added pic of frost bitten flock LOL
Looks like you need a ventilation redo on your coop. The rooster seems to have taken a big hit but there is a lot of pale on the top of the bird in front as well.
Looks like maybe you have BAs rather than BJGs, especially if they have pale foot bottoms. They come in various sizes. My 2 from 2012 are so different in size that I was afraid one was a cockerel for the longest time. She brooded the 7 chicks from Meyer. When she wanted to warn off the other hens, she stood tall, flared all her feathers and opened her wings; I swear she looked like a small turkey. I haven't weighed any of my girls but I bet she is 25% bigger than the next biggest girl. We will see how big the WRs and BJG/BAs get.