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2 new red silkies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chiefmonk24, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. chiefmonk24

    chiefmonk24 New Egg

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    Hello all,

    Just got 2 red silkies, they are about 2 months old. Found this site to be valuable source of info.

    Currently they are in a large box in the kitchen, once I finish the coop they will have the run and the whole back yard to run around and eat all the bugs they want. The coop is 4ft x 3ft and 4ft height, 2 ft off the ground. Does anyone know whats a good number to fit in this size coop that I have. I'm getting answers from 3 to 6. I live on long island, NY and it does get cold in the winter months here.

    Thanks for all your postings.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Generally recommended guidelines are 4 square feet of coop floor space per bird, so 3 birds. If you have only bantams you may be able to do 4.
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
  3. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not put more than 3 or 4 birds in it. You really want 3-4 square ft per bird. IMHO more is better. Birds that are confined to a small space may start getting board and picking on each other.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. chiefmonk24

    chiefmonk24 New Egg

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    I was hoping to fit a least 4 in that coop. So goody, I can get 1 more silkies and a seblight when I introduce them I will have them divided with a wire screen so they can get use to with each other.
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  8. chiefmonk24

    chiefmonk24 New Egg

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    How high should I put the perch for them to roost. This would be for bantam silkies. Thanks
     
  9. bantygirl

    bantygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had many silkies and only 1 ever roosted so don't be surprised if they dont
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Big crests and beards obscure their vision - so silkies tend to sleep in a pile on the floor, in a corner.
     

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