It Started With Two Chicks

By Silkie Nut, Jul 6, 2012 | Updated: Jul 9, 2012 | | |
  1. Silkie Nut
    I had been intrested with the idea of chickens for a while, especially silkies. We found a local breeder in florida and went to check out the silkies she had. We originally thought, "One chicken should be enough for the local show right?". We learned that chickens are social animals and ended up with two silkie chicks, a blue and a partridge...later named, Pebbles and Bam-Bam...

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    And then came the coop. Just a simple 4 foot would be enough for two chickens, right?
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    Well....once Pebbles and Bam-Bam were about 2 or so months old...My Ag teacher ordered 35 baby chicks from Murray Mcmurray....and he was downsizing to about half that number....And then came Alice...

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    The flock started to grow and I noticed Alice, the guranteed Murray Mcmurray pullet, looked nothing like my Ag teacher's Barred Rocks, she was a completley different color, she was so light....and why was she beating up Bam-Bam, my little silkie pullet?

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    Alice then went to a friend and this is the update pic I got...Whoops...

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    Slowly after that, about 1 or 2 months later, Pebbles learned to crow and breed...That left us with Bam Bam....who would keep my sweet baby girl company??? And then...I found Dolly....
    Dolly kept Bam-Bam company and they became the best of friends. They would always follow me around the yard, looking for treats....

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    A few weeks later, Our silkie breeder invited us to go on a chicken road trip to Indigo Egg Silkies, (Bobbi Porto), and I ended up with Beth....

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    ...This is Beth now...

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    It seemed like it went by so quick...Fair was here! I was getting Bam-Bam all ready and Pebbles was able to accompany us to fair! (Our breeder let us show him for fair and then he would go back to her),
    Sadly...we had to get rid of Dolly. She was just to loud for our neighborhood...It was hard, but we had to do it...we were talking to our friend who we had given Alice, (Now Nicky), to, and she took quite an intrest in Dolly. As soon as she saw dolly...it was love at first sight! We had to let her have Dolly....Not only did our friend fall in love with Dolly, but Dolly completley adored our friend. The next day we got an email from our friend saying Dolly would follow her everywhere. She would follow her in the house, and would jump up in her lap and make happy hen noises and fall asleep. Dolly left the week Bam-Bam was going to fair. (Beth became a house chicken for that short amount of time) Below are the pics of Bam-Bam and Pebbles and their fair results....

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    Well, it was the last day of fair, and everyone was finishing up showmanship, ect, when I walked by a little cage with a FOR SALE sign on it. A bantam cochin....

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    I decided to call the people...and well...I ended up with her....Olivia is her name, finally, everyone came home, Pebbles went bak to our breeder, and the girls hung out together, Beth, Olivia, & Bam-Bam. Time passed and the girls hung out together. I ended up with 15 serama eggs, but didn't have a very good hatch rate, (incubator troubles), 4 hatched, 3 made it. Pearl, Rosalie, and Naiomi.

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    When the chicks were almost a month old, Bam-Bam passed away. It was a terrible loss. After she died, I was sitting in the yard and I remember Olivia hopping up on the armrest of my chair, and Beth sitting in my lap. Things shortly got better with the help of Olivia and Beth and the babies.

    Naiomi, Pearl, and Rosie eventually grew to the size they needed to be to go into the big girl coop! By the time they were ready, Olivia went broody and was seperated into the baby chick coop. She hatched every single one of her eggs. (We borrowed some eggs from our Silkie Breeder for her). When Olivia's babies were old enough to go back to our Silkie Breeder, Olivia went into the big coop again! (Now a 10 foot coop instead of the 4 foot!) Olivia excepted the new chicks and every one settled in.

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    Here are the update photos!

    Naiomi, turned out to be Barry Weiss

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    And Pearl grew up into a pretty mille fluer serama

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    And Rosie turned into a pretty partridge serama

    I almost lost Rosie to a terrible disease a few months back. I went out to the coop one morning and found her in the top of the coop, not responding good. She couldnt walk at all, or stand up. She had lost complete use of her legs. I took her into the house and put her in a pet carrier. When I came home that day, I went to the pet carrier, thinking I would find my gorgeous little Rosie dead. I looked in the pet carrier and I heard, (Ber Ber Ber?) Rosie was still alive! I opened up the top of the pet carrier and helped my little Rosie. It seemed...She had gotten worse. She couldn't lift up her head at all, nor her legs. It was as if she was paralyzed. I did what I could to help her eat. I fed her water by hand from my finger, and propped up her head with a towel so she could eat. She was able to get food if I put in the hay, and she would actually pick up her head a little bit, and eat. That night, she looked like she was on death's door. I decided I could do whatever I could to let her last minutes be peaceful. I left the pet carrier, and left her in privacy. At 1:00 in the morning....Rosie was standing. She still couldn't fully walk around, but she was peeping for someone to hold her. I went in and held my Rosie for awhile with a lot of hope. The next few days, Rosie started to recover. After about a month or so, she had fully recovered, and as I was sitting on the couch watchicg TV with Rosie in my lap, she saw her siblings running around in the backyard. She jumped out of my lap, And went to the door. She peeped for them, and finally, I let her outside. She bolted straight for her siblings and Pearl wouldn't let her go anywhere from an inch from her. i couldn't believe Rosie had pulled through something that terrible. We still have no idea what Rosie had...whatever it was, were glad it let Rosie live.

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    I almost forgot! Abby! I got Abby from a friends friend! Here's the gorgeous little gal!

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    And the newest additions...........Tibby and Bailey! Bailey, the partridge silkie, is Pebbles daughter.

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    Plenty of updates to come! I'll work more on this once I get the chance!

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  1. paridisefarm2009
    I love the one with the bow ...
  2. Whittni
    Nice story, cant wait for updates.
  3. Silkie Nut
    I slowly introduce the chicks to every chicken first or let them free range together. I wait a little while until I know they are big enough to stand up for themselves. I have a seperate coop, called the "Baby Chick Coop".
  4. Jasperina
    How do you keep you older chickens from beating up on the new ones when you add them? Very nice thread!
  5. Arabianhorse
    Good looking bunch
  6. Silkie Nut
    I plan to do a little bit more construction on this thread. I have to post new coop pics!

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