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If I put a hair-tie on my Silkie, will someone eat it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ThePolishPrincess, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. My Silkie keeps dipping her entire head in the water dish. We're working on the dish part-but in the meantime, we don't want her to get sick by always having a wet head exposed to the cold. Assuming she'll tolerate a hair-tie, what is the likelyhood that someone (maybe even her) will play with it and try to eat it? I'm afraid of even trying this.

    Edited to add: she's the bird in my avvie. Big crest=big mess.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I think they would try to eat it but I'm not sure.

    Feather gel?
  3. elijahboy

    elijahboy Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    goose creek sc
    hahaha i so read that a different way

    the title that is

    thought you were asking if you put hair ties on your chickens would people eat them
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  4. Quote:[​IMG] It took me a second to get that.
  5. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    If you could find a tiny black rubber band like is used to braid horses manes, that 'might' work, as long as it is tight enough to not come off. Maybe if you put a bit of black electrical tape over the rubber band, it wouldn't come off even if pecked. [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I know other bycers have said their tie up the crest, I wish they would chime in and let you know how the rest of the flock feels about it. Maybe if you used a light color tie like white or cream or color matched to the silkie(black whatever) they wouldn't notice. Just absolutely NOT RED or Orange)
  7. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

    Oct 6, 2009
    S.W Pennsylvania
    When I've done this to my silkies & Polish, the tie have become play targets & have gotten pulled out, mostly eaten (rubber bands). I think she'd do better with a crest trim. Even that doesn't stop my silkies from dunking. They just do it [​IMG]

    Oh, just a thought, if you can train your whole flock to drink from heated water bottles (in the coop of course) in the winter, they won't have wet heads. Mine have this inside, and the water-dunker-dish outside.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010

  8. That's a bummer. Honestly, trimming will do nothing unless I give her a buzz-cut, and that's almost entirely out of the question.

    For what it's worth, the hair-tie would have been black, to match her dark blue. But with this doubt, it don't think this will be safe to try.

    The search for a good waterer, as ever, continues! [​IMG]
  9. Quote:We don't use electric outside. In the past, we've done very well with waterers made out of strong buckets (cut them in half and slip the bottom half inside the top, then adjust size as needed). They were sturdy and have lasted almost 4 years so far. Our layers did well with them, aside from the Polish, who DID dunk her head in. She seemed fine. She even free-ranged most of the day. I just worry about the Silkies because they seem more frigile. Is there any truth to this? I, thankfully, have not yet had a chance to witness that myself. They're okay so far.

    First year with the Silkies, so we're not used to this.
  10. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    aren't you gonna smash their brain...? i'm traumatized with the whole exposed brain thingy...

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