hello from Dublin!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AmandaJaneW, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. AmandaJaneW

    AmandaJaneW New Egg

    Nov 2, 2015
    Hi there,
    My names is Amanda. I live with my family in Dublin, Ireland. Family includes an aged, smelly, indolent, friendly Bassett Hound (who cannot be bothered to chase anything - he has a very "you threw the stick, why don't you go get it" attitude), 3 gorgeous children (aged 12, 9 and 9) and Himself.
    We have a small city cottage with a small city garden where we are considering, just considering keeping 2-3 Silkie Bantams (my daughter has already named hers Snowflake... I like the name Spooky).
    At the moment, I am just trying to work out how feasible it would be. I don't like to keep animals caged if they don't like being confined - we looked after a pair of guinea pigs recently and I'm not sure that they have a happy life.

    We have seen a nice small coop and run, and are considering putting it in some 4x4' raised flower beds, that we will mulch with leaves etc. It is slug central out there right now.

    We would appreciate any advice.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. I think that silkies would be a nice addition to your yard. Start with the Learning Center at the top of the page. Then peruse/search the forums, plan and all will go well.
  3. blkjak

    blkjak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2014
    Manitoba Canada
    Welcome. Silkies are wonderful chickens and make great pets plus can be good layers. Most of my silkie hens will lay 4 eggs a week.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Amanda

    Glad you could join the flock! Silkies would be a great choice of chicken for your garden. They can be super friendly, my frond has a trio for her chick Drew and even does show and tell at school with them. The kids just love them!!
    The learning centre is super place to start for lots of great articles on getting started ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  5. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I've never raised silkies but a lot of members here have. From what I've read they make great pets, they're friendly and don't take much space. I guess it is hard to tell the males from the females until they are several months old so if having a rooster is a problem, that's something to be aware of. Some people have silkies for house pets too.

    It's nice to have you here!
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Amanda. Glad you decided to join our flock. My wife and I visited Ireland for our 37th wedding anniversary and loved your beautiful countryside. X2 on sourland and Yorkshire coop; if you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. In the US we have only bantam silkies , I think in UK they are full size birds. Silkies aren't the best layers . Hens tend to go broody often wanting to hatch chicks. When they are broody they stop laying. They can go broody even on invisible eggs. If you don't have a rooster, you can put fertile eggs of any breed under them and they will raise them as their own. They are very popular with kids and often put up with being pushed in a baby carriage and being dressed up.
  9. AmandaJaneW

    AmandaJaneW New Egg

    Nov 2, 2015
    thanks everyone for the welcome! Can I just ask - are the hens really sad when they are broody? Do you need to make them un-broody or do they just get over it by themselves?

    OMG @ dressing them up and pushing them around in a pram!! I happened upon a thread that talked about nappies for indoor chickens and am still trying to get my head around that! (although, having said that, I did dress up the bassett hound as a pumpkin for halloween) NB.it was the first time ever in 12 years though, and it was for a doggie parade which was won by a moulin-rouge-jack-russell in her own velvet lined baby carriage theatre!
    I digress.
    I looked up a breeder from the Irish Poultry Breeders association site the other day, and he said he doesn't sex the 8 week old chicks he sells, but you would know at around 5 months old when/if they start crowing... but he said he would take back a male and exchange for another chick. He also said he will have some for sale around february. Does this sound about right (and what would happen to the rejected rooster?)
    There was also another thread about house-training silkies...
    Small girl is getting very excited about all this. It is looking more an more possible!
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. No, broodiness has to do with hormonal changes that take place in a hen and they will remain broody until those hormonal changes end. You cannot make them unbroody.

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