ARE SILKIES WINTER HARDY?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bigmommy, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. bigmommy

    bigmommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 Silkie (6 are roosters, just in case anyone needs 1 or 2 or 6) and one of the reasons I choose them aside from their unbearable cuteness, is that they are supposed to be winter hardy. Now I'm starting to wonder if "winter hardy" means.... Alabama winter or Michigan winter where I live. Does anyone have any experience with Silkies in northern climates?
     
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  2. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL. Good question. They supposedly are! I'm in Florida and it's been maybe 40s at night. Mine are doing ok. I wrapped their hen house in blankets though.
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Mine are fine so far... I guess only time will tell.
     
  4. encmanerabbitry

    encmanerabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are fine for Canadian winters! They still go outside on nice winter days.
     
  5. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in NC and mine are ok so far, but I do turn a light on them at night , for warmth, if its below 35 degrees. I just want to be sure. You may want to try that to be sure.
     
  6. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    20 degrees (f) this morning INSIDE our coop. 3 outside. All of our silkies are doing just fine, already got 2 eggs from them this morning and it's barely 10 am.
     
  7. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do just fine in the cold. They love to play in the snow. All my chickens have excess to the runs 24/7/365.
     
  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do silkies have feathers? Or is that just fuzz, like as in what a chick is born with?
     
  9. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    Sterling, Alaska
    There feathers they just don't have the barbs on them that hold them together to look like regular feathers.
     
  10. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they need extra heating because of that?
     

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