Accidental Silkie Owners

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rabsabq, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. rabsabq

    rabsabq Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2017
    New Mexico early 2016, my husband raised the idea of having chickens. I'm a city girl (reformed) and he is a country boy (devout), so he had the experiences growing up. I, on the other hand, know how quickly I bond with animals and really wanted no part of it. Finally, after much discussion, on-line research, and talks with friends who own chickens, I caved. We'd decided to order Orps, Americaunas, and maybe a couple of SexLinks. In early April, the husband came home with a box and a sheepish look on his face. The local feed store had chicks and he had picked up 8. "They're SexLinks," he exclaimed proudly. During the next month or two, it was clear these chicks with the furry hats were not, in fact, SexLinks. Pondering this, I took a picture and showed it to a co-worker who has 30+ running amok on his property. "Silkies." He didn't even hesitate.

    Show chickens. We have show chickens.

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  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Yep, definitely Silkies, lol. Someone must have mis-labeled them at the feed store. Silkies are very popular for people that want something a little different, friendly and broody girls for hatching eggs. If egg production is your goal, you'll want to get some dual purpose birds like the Orps, sex links, etc.

    Thanks for joining us!
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! That's quite a difference from sex links to silkies so I too think they must have been mislabelled. They sure are pretty silkies that you have there and I'm sure you would like the chat about them on the silkie thread ~

    Good luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under rabsabq [​IMG] Welcome!

    Great introduction and thank you for the chuckle [​IMG] Your Silkies are adorable!

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So if they are show silkies - show them!! Silkies are not great layers but tend to make the best broody hens. That means they will sit on eggs and hatch them (if they were fertile).

    You need a rooster with them if you want "fertile" eggs. Sometimes the roosters will even help the mom with her chicks. Silkies are also big favorites with kids. Looks like you got some beauties.

    PS it was no "accident," you were meant to have them. [​IMG]
  7. rabsabq

    rabsabq Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2017
    New Mexico
    Thank you all for the welcome and the links!
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings and a belated [​IMG]! [​IMG]
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Please make yourself at home here and enjoy yourself! :frow


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