Are Silkies the Best Way to go?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by morninggloryhatchery, May 19, 2010.

  1. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I've had my layers coop for about a year now and I am looking at starting my own Breeding pen/coop. I was going for Ameraucana then thought of Silkies.
    i have a friend down the road that has Splash, Blue, and Black show quality Silkies and am thinking of buying eggs to hatch from her. Some of her silkies have Lavender
    gene.
    But the real question is, Are Silkies a good way to go for your first breeding pen?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    Silkies are a great way to go. Smaller clutches of eggs but they go broody more often.
     
  3. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

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    Ditto!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I think I am going to go that way i'll just have to be careful with them during the inter since I am in AK [​IMG].
     
  5. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YESSSSS! doooo itt!
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I know I'm going to get flogged for this BUT I am just not a silkie person.[​IMG]

    I'm going to go with cochins and Orps for broodies.
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I'm with you-I wouldn't take a free Silkie. Just don't like them.
     
  8. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
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    I have been raising silkie's on and off for last 6 years.I Love them.I have 7 right now( incl.2 teacup size (one reg and one showgirl).They got first free range today the 2 teacup ones with their Giant frizzle broodies of 5 months.I have been very protective of them.They had so much fun just laying in the sun and getting the bug's.Silk's are the best mama's ever and the roo's are alway's tame. Hope my hen's will start laying soon so I can hatch some from my own instead of shipped egg's.Don't know how these small ones will breed cause they so small [​IMG]. But even if they can't We love them anyway and hubby has even started liking the showgirl one and he doesn't like NN"s lol.Hope you get silkie's you will like them.
     
  9. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
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    I have Ameraucanas and Silkies like them both
     
  10. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know someone that breeds show quality silkies and also other show quality birds and they always use the silkies to hatch their eggs. I have bought seven of them to use on my future hatches and have studied it before I decided to use them as well. I say go with the silkies too [​IMG]
     

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