Are our rescue Silkies bantams?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by TinyLittleFarm, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Yesterday I got a call from a friend whose neighbor had 3 illegal chickens in town. They kept escaping their very small pen and were being found in the road, so the owners wanted to rehome them. When I got there I found that they were Silkies! I was expecting mutts. I took them home and they are being quarantined. They look awfully small to me. Is this just the fact that they are Silkies? Or are they Bantams?

    Here is a pic of Delilah after her foot bath. (They were pretty poopy when I picked them up. [​IMG]) She is next to a standard sized can of hair spray.

    The owners said the girls were about 7 months old and all laying.

    Can Silkies live with other chickens? Will they get along? We have 10 others, all large fowl-EE's Light Brahmas and Red Stars.

  2. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    All Silkies are bantams. Bantam is a size, not a breed. Mine are in with my other chickens.
  3. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

    Oct 6, 2010
    westville ok
    all silkies are bantams they are one of the true batams (a true bantam dose not have a standerd contorpart) ex seabrite, duccle andevers ex
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    My banty Silkies live with the rest of the flock without any problems. I think that they are often planning a take over of the flock, and are making plans on ruling the known world. I do know that they are extremely vocal about how things should be run around here.
  5. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Oh I didn't realize all of them were Bantams. It seems I saw some at the fair this year that looked larger than ours. Maybe ours just aren't full grown. They are sweet little things. Content to just hang out with people for quite some time. My other chickens are pretty skittish. They're so darn cute. Glad to hear they will eventually be able to live with the big kids. [​IMG]
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Quote:Actually, not correct. Other countries have both large fowl and bantam silkies. Our silkies in the US are all bantams, and size-wise are in between their large fowl and bantam sizes found in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Even some of our US silkies are getting pretty large.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:That's how my silkies are! Diabolical little critters. It's really something to see a little silkie go after a meat bird that outweighs her by about.....8 lbs. [​IMG]
  8. impis

    impis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2010
    I've just been to the National Poultry show here in the Uk and I can tell you that not all silkies are bantams. There were some seriously large silkies at the show - and no way could they be described as bantam in size!

    They had some little ones as well -which i would describe as bantam.
  9. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:Lol so very true....mine are the same way and I'm pretty sure have the same plans [​IMG]
  10. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Worcester Township
    My Silkies all live together with my mixed flock I have both banties & standard size chickens of all breeds. My silkie Roo, now he was a PIG! He would go after the big girls. They kept putting him in his place tho. They will hopefully make nice. Mine still separate out at bed time tho. Silkie Snobs [​IMG]

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