How long is a good reproductive silkie's life span for egg?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pistol123, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long is a good reproductive silkie's life span for egg laying?
     
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  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its going to vary quite a bit from bird to bird. My Head Tuck just quit laying this Spring, she's almost seven. I've had a two year old molt and never go back to laying.
     
  3. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, it is kind of scary to buy a older show bird, that's why I was asking....
     
  4. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My favorite silkie Willow gave me an egg every other day until she died at age 9 years old. (I could tell by the shade of egg shell) I give all my girls dried crushed egg shells back in their diet.
     
  5. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you explain the color of the egg, I did not understand?
     
  6. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she means that the hen laid a particular color of egg which was very recognizable among the other eggs... she could tell the hen kept laying for 9 years because those recognizable eggs kept coming and coming.

    I have the opposite concern from the OP... a year-old SQ silkie pullet who has yet to lay her first egg. Is there anything I can do to get her going?

    Best - exop
     
  7. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's correct about the shade of Willow's beige eggs & the size too. She laid just a little bit smaller egg than the rest. I only have 7 silkie girls & I spend a lot of time out there with them. I heard that some silkies never lay. A friend has a silkie right now that I breed splash to blue that still didnt lay at 10 months?
     
  8. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank about the color, was not sure your meaning. I think the silkie's are much later to breed as roo's also as well as lay eggs. Then again I have two partridge just started laying at 5 months.
     
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  9. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine usually start at 7-8 months
     
  10. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two white roos over a year that I beg to breed!!!!! I'm about ready to buy them a book on chicken reproduction!
     

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