About Silkies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MyraNC, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. MyraNC

    MyraNC In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    Central North Carolina

    I'm new here and I'm wanting to get some silkies but don't know much about them except they are good sitters and hairy. lol What is the difference with bearded and non? Are they hatched that way? And I read something about a walnut??? What is that all about? What should I get? I want hens to sit on my eggs so I don't have to do the unnatural incubator way. A hen can take better care of them.

    How hard is it to take care of them with hairy legs etc? thanks- [​IMG]
  2. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Bearded and non-bearded:
    Yes they are born that way, the bearded have a little tuft of feathers under their beaks.

    That is the kind of comb that they have.

    You should get:
    You'll have to get at least one cock so the eggs are fertile (I didn't understand your question, I'm pretty sure you knew about the cock).

    Feather legs:
    For most feather footed breeds you just have to keep them off mud, but Silkies are worse because their feathered legs are fluffy, so just be really careful about mud and they'll be fine.
  3. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Feathered legs do get nasty at times, but I've seen so many people bathe and blow dry their silkies. (Very carefully and gently, of course.)

    My one silkie was my favorite, it would sit in my lap, and paid so much attention to me when I was around. It was like having a funny looking little puppy! I think you'd enjoy having them. [​IMG]

    If you would like some basic 'textbook' info on specific breeds, I prefer This Link. And for lots of pictures, feathersite.com

    Oh, and welcome to the board! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
  4. MyraNC

    MyraNC In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    Central North Carolina
    Thanks for the feed back. Can they hold there own with other chickens or should the be apart? One more ? - How many eggs can they set on and hatch sucessfully?

    They are coming next month, (Nov) and I am so anxious. I never got any that late in the year.
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
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    May I ask where you are getting them from ??
  6. Where are you getting them from?

    You could put Silkies and bantam breeds together. i did and I had no problems.

    I could fit about 8 eggs under my hens to hatch.

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I treat them like the rest and they hold their own with the standards. However, I do house them in their own digs since I want pure eggs from them. Had a silkie roo rule the roost over standard hens twice his size if not more.
  8. Also, keep their living quarters dry. If they walk around in mud, the mud will ball up in their foot feathers, and they can lose toes. Sand is great to use with Silkies.
  9. MyraNC

    MyraNC In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    Central North Carolina
    [​IMG] I knew any silkie folks would know these simple questions. I am getting mine from Ideal hatchery. Thanks all.

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