Do Silkies roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rosawoodsii, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. rosawoodsii

    rosawoodsii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    I just acquired four Silkie hens. They are so talkative and cute, and my flip-footed Silkie rooster is no longer the only "weird looking chicken". Now, the rooster is always on the ground, but that goes with his flipped foot. All my other Bantams roost. The Silkie hens, though, don't seem to perch at night. I'm not sure if that's because they've never had a roost before, so they don't know enough to get off the ground at night, or whether that's normal for Silkies. Anyone have roosting Silkies?
  2. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Quote:We have 14 Hens and one Rooster Silkie. And they do NOT Roost.
  3. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

    Oct 6, 2009
    S.W Pennsylvania
    Generally, no they don't. I have one roosting silkie out of a dozen (the pullet of my avatar). She was raised as the only silkie with roosting breeds, and I got her at 4 months. At 8 months, she still roosts with my roosting birds, not piling in the silkie pile.
    If you want the silkies to roost, try a low, wide roost like the broad side of a 2 x 4 only 4 to 6 inches off the ground. They tend to have trouble jumping up high and perching when they're grown due to their shape, their toes, and their sight.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My two silkies do, but not on the roost that we installed specifically for them. The two of them roost together on top of a nestbox. They hate and normally avoid each other, but with it getting colder they decided to put their differences aside.
  5. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    Mine do.
  6. rosawoodsii

    rosawoodsii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Thanks so much for your quick replies. I find Silkies cute and fascinating and these little hens chatter away, as if they're having little conversations among themselves. They don't sound like my other hens at all, and are so much friendlier and calmer than my other chickens, especially my other Bantams. I rather wondered whether the non-roosting behavior was breed linked. Bantyshanty, you mentioned eyesight--is that because of the feathers? I usually trim the Silkie rooster's feathers around his eyes. And do you think the feathers on the feet interfere with roosting?
  7. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Mine roosts.
  8. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have 6 or 8 and they all do
  9. happyhound

    happyhound New Egg

    Feb 6, 2010
    I have 4 Silkies and they all roost with my other larger breeds. I did have to build a roost only about 18-20 inches off the ground at first but now they are getting onto the higher roost too.
  10. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2008
    Pacific NW
    mine roost on a 3" flat roosting "board" .......

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