Grooming for Silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicksgalore, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do those of you with Silkies spend time "grooming" them? My chickens are free range a lot and I'm just wondering if this would be absolutely necessary (the grooming part)?
     
  2. bkterry

    bkterry Out Of The Brooder

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    Not necessaryif they free range, they will dust bathe and what not, but some people do groom them anyway. My silkies free range so they are not in tight dirty quarters, but when we had lost of silkie chicks in the brooder I did have to "bathe" them myself because they got so dirty. I just dipped their bodies in warm water and rubbed gently to get the grime off. My grandma used to raise silkies and enter them in the fair and she told me she would bathe and blow-dry her silkies before taking them to show. [​IMG]
     
  3. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! I have been debating and debating whether or not to order more chicks this year...I think I will just do it!
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies do not need to be bathed. Unless you plan on bringing them to a show, they're perfectly fine as they are [​IMG]
     
  5. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 on order, scheduled to ship on 8/27...I can't wait to get them!
     
  6. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    perfect timing for this thread!

    I just bathed my silkies...for many reasons. My next question is what will happen if i shave/clip the feather foots?
     
  7. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They get shorter...LOL
     
  8. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you aren't showing your silkies you don't have to worry about it.
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I clip some of the fluff from around the eyes if they seem to have trouble seeing things. If I can't see their eyes, I figure they can't see me. They do come to my voice though.
    Yesterday I moved them to a new shady pen and found they are getting some sticks and cocklebur's in their foot feathers so I guess I need to trim up that area, too.
    But they are too cute with all the fluff! [​IMG]
     

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