Chicken (Silkie) Newbie in The Kawarthas, Ontario, Canada

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Steph n Kel, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Steph n Kel

    Steph n Kel Out Of The Brooder

    Hello BYC!

    My husband and I have been lurking for almost 7 weeks now, which not coincidentally, is how long we have had chickens.

    The story starts with my husband's desire to have "a couple of chickens" at our new home - this desire quickly morphed into "4 or 5 hens and a couple of ducks" but that is not really pertinent.. After settling in after the move, and refurbishing an eyesore of a shed into an appropriate coop and run, he advised that his brother wanted to rehome a few of his laying hens as they were no longer as productive as they had been in the past. We only want eggs for personal consumption, so this seemed reasonable. About this time, we visited a local garden centre and saw a pair of Silkies and I fell in love with their fluffy, unique appearance as well as their friendly demeanor. This is about where the idea of the older hens went out (his brother culling them early was also a factor!) and the idea of the new Silkie chicks came in.

    Currently we have 3 very healthy Silkie chicks that we adopted as hatchlings. They are approaching 8 weeks old, and we adopted 4 older birds (also born this year) that needed rehoming. 2 of these seem like they are fully grown, if not sexually mature. 1 that looked to be an older adolescent and 1 that seemed to be a young adolescent. The 2 groups have been together for 3 weeks now and they are getting along very well. All but one bird seems to be thriving (more on that another time) but we we are hoping to nurse her back to full health with all the advice that we have gleaned from BYC. In hindsight there were warning signs that I wish we had recognized when adopting the newer/older birds but we are learning and nurturing them all.

    I wish we had done more research before adopting our new pets (that's really all we expect from them.), The learning curve has been steep, the varying opinions on almost every subject difficult to navigate at times, but BYC has been, and continues to be godsend! Thank you to everyone who contributes, especially the moderators. We are already in love with chicken-keeping and all of our new flock. I know we will be back frequently!

    Stephanie and Kelly, in the Kawarthas
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2015
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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in nursing your pullet back to health.
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hello Stephanie and Kelly!
    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Stephanie and Kelly, Welcome to Backyard chickens. It is best to quarantine new birds for at least a month to prevent the spread of mites, lice, worms or disease. Is your ailing bird from the newcomers?
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may also want to post at "Canadians, check-in-here."
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Stephanie and Kelly [​IMG]

    There seem to be a lot of members with Silkies here. Here is a link to the Silkie discussion thread if you'd like to check it out:

    It's nice BYC has already been useful to you. Have fun with your birds!
  9. Steph n Kel

    Steph n Kel Out Of The Brooder

    Hi DD, Yes, she is one of the newbies. We were only going to get 3 older birds initially, but she was basically thrust at us as a 'bonus'. I've now identified that all of the newbies are infested with a really terrible case of scaly leg mites, and I now suspect lice or other parasites. We have already done of the initial treatment for the SLM and have seen a big improvement already. She has been quarantined for the past 3 days, but yes I have since learned from BYC that we should have quarantined initially. As a former marine aquarium owner, I cannot believe that I didn't think of that for the chickens. :-(
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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