Do Silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Teresaann24, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Do well in winter I mean are they a winter hardy breed of chicken?
  2. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Yes they are.
  3. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    They fair just as good as other breeds of poultry. As long as you aren't below freezing temps for extended periods of time they should be fine. I just block the North and West wind, and if it gets below freezing I'll hang a heat lamp for the night. Otherwise they do just great.

    And they love the snow from what I hear..... bout as much as they love the rain.
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    This will be my first winter with silkies I just was not sure. I know how they love the rain I never understood that..LOL

    I also heard feeding them corn can raise their temp or something? But I also heard too much corn was bad for them.
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I don't recall the corn thing...but I know they are more tolerate of heat and cold then some breeds. Reason I got them. I think Chris hit the nail on the head with taking some extra care, like you would any chicken.
  6. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    mine do just fine in the winter
  7. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    My silkies grew up in Southern California, where you can wear shorts, Hawaiian shirts, and flip flops in December. But now we are in Northern California where they have actual seasons. i think i need to bring them all into bed with us this winter.
  8. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    This is my first winter with silkies. So far, I've just been a little more cautious with them than I need to. I guess they just look so delicate to me, I think they need the extra care. [​IMG] I'm trying to overcome this thought pattern. [​IMG]
  9. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    My Silkies have been very happy in the winter. I minimize drafts by covering with plastic and they stay together at night.

  10. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I know that marigold oil will yellow a white bird, and though it hasn't been proven I believe corn does the same thing... which is why my birds dont get scratch grains, or anything with marigold oil.

    However I have heard that corn does keep them extra hot in the summer.

    I can't be specific about the way it does it, but if its like other animals, corn is a starch. Starches turn to carbs, and carbs turn to sugar, which "hypes" them up. The extra energy their body produces is exerted in heat.

    At least thats how I think it works. I'm not a vetrinarian and cannot be for certain, so take my explanation with a grain of salt, and feel free to research it further.

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