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how to care for silkies properly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by c.wilson, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. c.wilson

    c.wilson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi everybody. i am wondering how to take care of silkie bantams. i am thinking about getting some and know nothing about them. i would like to know some stuff about them such as how to care for them properly, what they look like, i know that sounds kind of weird because everyone is always talking about them but i dont know what one looks like. it would be great if you guys that read this and have silkie bantams would post some pictures of your silkies and then post a caption under them.


    that would be great thanks.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    take care of them just like other chickens.

    Just be aware of a couple of things...

    1st, they can't fly...at...all. A low fence will keep them in.

    2nd, their skulls do not completely close together on top. That's what gives them the domey head look but also can cause issues if they get pecked on the head hard, or hit their head hard.

    3rd, they aren't good egg layers, generally, but GREAT broodies. I have 4 girls and get about 5 eggs a WEEK from them.

    4th, they will take over. Really. They are out to rule the world. Just ask PurpleChicken. We love our silkies - we have fallen completely into their mind control to the point where I've got 5 new chicks hatched from our own eggs and 5 more in the hatcher due on Wed...
     
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    They don't see very well if you have the bearded kind because of all the fluff. I keep mine in a sererate pen because I would be afraid that the standard welsummer girls would hurt or peck them. Now I have 3 girls of laying age now and I get 2/3 eggs a day from them and I've already had one try to go broody on me but I kept taking the eggs from her to break her. Here are a couple pics of mine.

    Porcelain silkie girl
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    Sgt. Pepper partridge roo
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    Sweetie splash pullet
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    partridge pullet
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    Hokey Pokey blue roo
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    Lola black hen
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  4. c.wilson

    c.wilson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the advice. love the chicken pictures.
     
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Here is a picture of my silkie. From reading on here, I've figured out she is non-bearded. She was lost in a storm, muddy and soaking wet and my friend rescued her from the mouth of a dog and that is how I acquired her.

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  6. Daisymay

    Daisymay Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for posting your question. I too needed to know these things. My broody Momma black sexlink is just begining to cut her apron strings from her 6-6wk old silkie chicks. We just let them range with Momma. Which was both good and bad. Bad because they are not tame. Good grief! The guiena keets are more tame.
    We lost a silkie to a hawk last week and need to pen the rest soon. My DH nearly died when I brought the silkies home, but they are just so darn cute! I have caught him showing pics to people!
    Another interesting thing about silkies is they have black skin. In parts of Asia they make a soup from them and consider it quite healing. Actually found them dressed and frozen in the Asian market freezer. Went for $8.99 a pound. Been looking at the little guys in a new light. Almost mystical.
     
  7. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are sweet & personable. Mine hold their own with Standards. The cutest thing: When another bird gets a treat that they wanted, they cry/whine like kids! "Oh, Frank got that grape!"
     
  8. equus2

    equus2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Glad you posted the question. [​IMG] Didn't know about the closed skull thing. My silkies are great layers, for now anyway. Hubby swears that the 3 yo is laying 2 a day. [​IMG] For some reason, only one attempted to go broody, then gave it up after 6 days.

    I just love 'em, but then, I ride arabians (and they're not "REAL" horses, according to my QH friends!) [​IMG]


    The baby pen
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  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That Sgt. Pepper is gorgeous! [​IMG]

    I am very attracted to silkies when I can see their eyes. He has such a wonderful color, too.
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:Totally agree. What a pretty bird!!
     

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