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New Chick has said YES to silkies - A couple questions please

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickBond 007, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    Oh my, what have I done. I've been researching and reading BYC website in preparation for my new chicks due to arrive March 23. I've planned my coop, made a materials list, and bought some supplies for this new hobby. However, I have read how much many of you like "Silkies" over and over, and last night on CraigsList there was this irrisitable advertisement for some "need rehomed" silkies. You know what I did..... I emailed and said I'll take them. One buff hen & one white hen. I must go pick them up tonight.
    My questions are:
    1. Can I use a box or two boxes to move them home tonight in the minivan or is there a better transport suggestion?
    2. Can I keep them in a large dog cage for a week or so while the coop is being built?
    3. Can they eat the starter crumbles I've purchased or do I need to seek pellet food right now?
    4. Will these two hens get along with 25 chicks in two weeks?
    5. Have I succombed to BYC addiction or BYC peer pressure (hahaha)? I'm I crazy? [​IMG] You all just seem to love these furry silkies, that I couldn't bring myself to stop typing the email. [​IMG]
  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    I think- Yes to #1 and #2
    The only question I would have for the seller, is if they are positive these are HENS. Silkies are really hard to sex, so you could be getting "hens" that the seller knows are roos.
    Also, how old are the silkies?
    If they are laying eggs they will need layer food.

    [​IMG] Hope you get hens!

    [​IMG] Yay! for Silkies!
  3. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Oooooohhhhh Yeah I forgot.....

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    i know just how you feel. you can give them the starter for a day or so and then get them layer mash or crumbles if they are laying already. You are gonna love them they are so funny [​IMG]
  5. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello & [​IMG] from NC
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Yes.... to all of the above.

    Depending on how long its going to take the coop to be built, you may want to let them out to range for a little while each day, and be sure to clean it out often, if it one of those large pet carrier type kennels.
  7. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    Also,how old are the silkies?

    He said the buff was 6mo and the white was 1 yr.
    I never thought that they might be roos deviously disguised as hens on craigslist. Whoa- gonna take me a while to keep up with all of your BYC intricate minds. [​IMG]
  8. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  9. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    You'll love your new Silkies! They're beautiful birds and have great dispositions.

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