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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DublinPerky, Jan 24, 2009.
I am thinking of buying a silkie chicken. Are they good egg layers?
Good egg layers.
White Leghorn, cinnamon queen, black star.
Silkies just give me the hee bee gee bees.
MANY here would disagree... watch.
They may or may not be good egg layers. I don't have any so I don't know.
What I do know is that they have a tendency to go broody alot and a brooding hen is not laying eggs.
So should I consider getting another breed?
Depends on what your're looking for.
Are you strickly looking to get the most eggs? Then probably yes, you should get something else.
Do you want a cool looking chicken, that you can also get breakfast from. Silkie might be your buddy.
I have two that lay really good but small eggs. But...they sure are purty
all silkies in the us are bantams so there eggs are very small. they are also broody machines. silkies also cant fly due to there feather type so they arent too good for places with predators. they are also EVIL!
Silkies are fun to have and can be pretty friendly. They are conversation starters because of their unique feathering. As egglayers they aren't so good because as others have mentioned they tend to go broody often. If you need a hen to hatch eggs then silkies are your breed. They will set on anything--or nothing at all. But, of course, when they are setting they aren't laying. It all depends on what you want.
Are there breeds that are unusual looking but lay good eggs? I like the Araucacna chicken but they lay blue eggs. This may sound silly but I didn't know if you could still eat blue eggs?
Silkies are angels. Silkies love you. Silkies will steal your soul!
As far as egg production, they're not the BEST layers. Teeny eggs. Great broodies and cool chickens though.
Ameracaunas (or EEs, more likely) are AWESOME! Blue or green eggs are as edible as brown and white. It is only the shell color that is different. I urge you to get some EEs!