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another silkie question :)

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by ercky&perky, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. ercky&perky

    ercky&perky In the Brooder

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    I was wondering if silkies make good free rangers in the summer???and if they do well with temperature changes?? hot days cool nights? [​IMG]
     
  2. NOOO!

    Because of their inability to fly, and hard time seeing, when free franging Silkies are at the mercy of hawks and other birds of prey.
     
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  3. 1Speckled Hen w/Chicks

    1Speckled Hen w/Chicks Songster

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    I do not know about the temp part-as it is my first year with Silkies....and I will be interested to know how they will fair with our mild winters here in NC--but, I do know that Silkies are not the best bird to free range from what I have seen-and heard.

    Due to their feathered heads/ limited vision they cannot see as well as others and become easy victims for predators.

    Enjoy your silkies!
     
  4. Quote:They handle cold better than they handle heat. I have to take extra measures (misters etc...) to keep them cool in the Summer.
     
  5. ercky&perky

    ercky&perky In the Brooder

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    I read that silkies should be given chick starter till they are 6 months old is this true [​IMG] the person I got my chicks from has them on pullet grower and they are around a month old [​IMG]
     

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