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Do silkies grow 10 times slower?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newchik715, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies are a week old and do not seem much bigger than when i got them. All my other chicks seems to grow overnight but the silkies don't seem to be growing the same? Is this usual?
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Yep it is, silkies are a smaller bird and they'll grow slower than others.
     
  3. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are all silkies bantams or are they just small?
     
  4. tinahoak

    tinahoak Out Of The Brooder

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    Silkies are a bantam chicken. I just love them . I have 2 black silkie hens. My roosters are full size cochins . I have a silkie that is broodie and I have let her sit on only on her and her "sisters" eggs . It will be interesting to see what hatches .
    I was soo excited this am as one chick was hatched about 1/2 out of the egg ( a week earlier then expected ,but I had a family emergency when they started "collecting" their cluch so I could be WAY off) I went in to get things prepared , to move mama /nestbox and eggs into my laundry room . I went back within 15 minutes and some he or she DEVILS must have eaten my baby! 4 hens were piled on the nest box , I had to pick them off of mama and the sweet wee one was MIA. Totally...... shell and all. I searched low all over , gently moved wood chips to make sure it wasn't buried anywhere on the floor or in the box....no luck finding the baby.
    Now mama and 8 soon to be chicks are tucked SAFELY in a kennel in my laundry room out of harms way. Gosh I hate it when that stuff happens [​IMG]

    Tina
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, they grow and mature much slower. A hatchery quality silkie will grow and mature faster than a Breeder or Show Quality Silkie.
     

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