Adopted two silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by splum, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. splum

    splum Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hodgepodge of hens and was given two silkies. They have integrated well with the flock but seem more nervous and fragile. Will they need a heat lamp this winter?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Silkies are always kind of like that when in mixed bantam-standard flocks. They should be fine without a heat lamp; I generally don't recommend a heat lamp at any time, unless it's insanely cold out - like -20 or something. Cold doesn't usually bother them too much; it's rain and snow that's bad for them, since their feathers aren't even remotely waterproof. I would keep them inside the coop if it gets very stormy out, but they should otherwise be fine.
     
  3. splum

    splum Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thanks much. This morning they were cuddled up with the bigger chickens so that makes me feel better.
     

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