Alot of questions about molting, breeding, and Silkies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by comerrick, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. comerrick

    comerrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off what I have right now is 6 (4 week old) Black Star Pullets, 2 black welsummer (is that possible?)pullets, and 7 (1 week old) Ameraucana Pullets, 4,1 week old black sex linked roosters that I will have to do something with.

    Molting happens when, at a year or 18 months, which? And so they don't lay at all during that time? Wouldn't it be best to get chicks 5-6 months before that so that their isn't an inturruption in egg laying? And is it true that they don't lay half as well after the molt that it is better to "retire" those hens?

    I was told that mating sex links is a bad Idea because their offspring is unpredictable. But if they are RIR x BR that are both good egg layers wouldn't their grand children still be good egg layers?

    Next, I live in the Suburbs, so I can't have roosters. So I was wondering, is it possible to get Stud services when everyone is at work and can't hear him crow? Or because he is a stranger, it won't work, they won't take to it?

    Lastly, if I was going to brood chicks, then I would want a couple of silkies, right? When do silkies start going all broody? Is there such thing as a standard silkies or are they all bantams? Can I only order bantam silkies? Are they only offered as straight runs or do they get sexed at all? If so, where? I don't need show quality Silkies, just the broody trait. So color and looks don't matter to me, just sex.

    If I have more question, I will ask. Thanks.
    Lov
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  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I don't know how to answer your other questions but I think MPC( My Pet Chicken) sells sexed silkies
    good luck!
    Krista
     
  3. comerrick

    comerrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I looked and it didn't even show silkies for sale. Maybe they are out or something. I don't know. I looked a Meyer, who is supposedly their supplier and they sell their silkies straight run as well.
    Thanks
    Lov
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  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Mypetchicken sells sexed silkies, but do run out pretty fast. i see them go on sale around February, so you have to get your order in pronto. My order last year accidentally included one mean partridge silkie roo. But, the other 12 were sexed correctly.
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
  6. comerrick

    comerrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that price, I could only order 3! LOL Thanks
    Lov
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  7. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'll take a stab at your questions..... see answers in bold below

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  8. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
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    I've heard that they lay better after their first molt :\\ I hope so!!!!
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I'd be tempted to order a straight run and rehome the males. Sheesh - $10/pullet!

    With shipping it would be $50+ for 3.
     
  10. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ideal has Silkie pullets available. Not sure if they offer them sexed though.
     

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