is it possible to raise silkies indoors completely?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ashylove1, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. ashylove1

    ashylove1 New Egg

    Jan 31, 2012
    i mean they would have outside time too, but would live in the house... is this at all possible? and what do you do if you end up with a rooster(or 2) but cannot have roosters?
  2. jlovelady

    jlovelady Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    You could try to trade the roosters for a hen. I do not have any experience with raising silkies in the house, but I belive I have read that some people do keep them in the house. If you decide to, you will need to get rid of any cookware that is nonstick or teflon. It does something to their lungs, at least with parakeets.
  3. Hanna8

    Hanna8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2012
    You could, but it would get old fast. Chickens aren't exactly the cleanest of animals! Silkies are particularly hard to sex so I would wait until you are sure they are roosters, then rehome them. If you can't have them, they are pretty hard to hide once they start crowing. People here have had a lot of success selling roosters on Craigslist. Or as jlovelady said, you could try trading them, but it will probably take longer to find somebody to trade with than if you just sold them.
  4. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    I bought two silkies in Oct. hoping at least one would be a hen, with in 3 weeks, I found out one was a roo. Three weeks ago, I found out the other was also a roo,and he is not a friendly one either. He is posted on Craig's List, and also at my local feed store.
    My silkies were inside for the 30 day quarantine, before I moved them outside. They are in a separate coop & run, apart from my standard hens. It was a long 30 days, I was ready to move them out, and I was cleaning them every other day, and there was dust & wood shaving every where.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Chickens create so much really isn't healthy to breathe. Some do keep house chickens and love it apparently but I prefer to keep them outside.

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2012
    Washougal, WA
    You can keep them in a separate room or garage probably if you want them inside and are worried about dust. they also make poultry diapers. I've heard you can have the rosters de-crowed but its probably expensive.

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