Are Silkies winter-hardy?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicabee19, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
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    Down to around 17 degrees?

    I had passed on thinking of having a Silkie because I'd heard they need applied heat in winter ... but would like a certain answer.

    Also... do Silkies lay normal-sized eggs?

    thanks!

    gg
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I never provided heat for my silkies over winter. I also didn't let them outside on the ice or snow, which means you need a pen big enough to secure them over winter. As for eggs, they are small because it is a bantam breed.

    Jody
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    This is a good question about Silkies. I've been wondering what I need to do to get things ready for winter here for my 3 Silkies. Thanks for asking this! [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Thanks for answering that Jody! I was curious too. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2008
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    My silkies have done fine in the winter, even when it's been less than 10 degrees out. If I have younger birds over the winter this year, I may add heat when it gets really cold.

    Like Jody said, they're a bantam breed, so they won't lay a standard size egg.
     

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