Help with picking chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tjparker60, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. tjparker60

    tjparker60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want Silkies but my husband said they don't lay enough eggs! What other Bantam chicks can I get that lay more eggs and that would compatible with Silkies? I really have my heart set on this breed! HELP!!'
     
  2. Jen Chickers

    Jen Chickers Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkies lay 5 to 6 eggs a week when they aren't brody, but I have a few of them that are brody alot!
     
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  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My Silkies are about the same, around 5-6 eggs a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Their poor production wrap is because of their tendency to go broody. And that pretty much goes for most bantams. You can get bantam Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds, but don't expect to lay as well as their standard sized counterparts. Bantam Orpingtons are nice birds, but they like to brood as well.

    If you go with Silkies, I think you'll be surprised by how well they lay. And if/when they go broody, if you don't want chicks, you can always break them to get them laying again sooner.

    One draw back of Silkies, they tend to take a long time to mature and they're very difficult to sex. Especially if you get birds from a breeder.
     
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  4. tjparker60

    tjparker60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much. Are there any larger chickens, who tend to be friendly and would get along well with my silkies that would lay more eggs? I want my hubby to have his eggs, but don't want to give up my dream of silkies!!!
    Thank you!
     
  5. Jen Chickers

    Jen Chickers Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Easter Eggers in with my Silkies. The Silkies actually boss some of them around. The Easter Eggers are very friendly and you get the added bonus of diffrent colored eggs. They also have bantam Easter Eggers.
     
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  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Salmon Faverolles are another option.
     
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  7. tjparker60

    tjparker60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! I'm so excited!!!
     
  8. tjparker60

    tjparker60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I get baby Easter egger and Buff Brahma Bantam will they all get along with my Silkies which I will get later in the summer?
     

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