Newbie chick mom

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Amydls, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Amydls

    Amydls Chirping

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    Hello - 2nd year of chicks for us. Last year we had 8 silkies, 4 turned out to be roos and 2 sadly died. This year we decided to add a few more fancy chicks and a few good egg layers so this years chicks include 1 d’uccle, 1 Cochin bantam, 1 m.houdan, 1 frizzle, 3 olive eggers, 3 araucanas, 3 ameraucanas, 4 Black copper Marans and 1 cuckoo maran.... eagerly awaiting to see who will be a he and who will be a she !
    My silkies are not the best layers but they are beautiful especially my little splash.
    Before owning chickens I was deathly afraid of birds.... can’t say I’m cured of that but I do like my own chickens !
     
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  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
    Sounds like chicken math's a breeze!;)
     
  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    Including your general location, under your avatar will help contextualise your posts / questions.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  4. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC! Great to have you here!
     
  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  6. MrsMistyReal

    MrsMistyReal Enabler

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    Welcome aboard to BYC family gr8 people tons of information loads of fun enjoy shake your tail feathers 1557cbd04e85473.jpg
     
  7. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Songster

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    Glad you joined the flock!:frowGood luck with your new chicks, hope you get exactly what you want.:yaI love silkies, I had a trio of white silkies that I lost to a predator.:hit
     
  8. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    :welcome

    Congrats on the new additions to your flock! I've never had Silkies but if you're interested in hatching fertile eggs, Silkies are supposedly great broodys and will do the hatching for you.

    Thanks for joining us!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Yes, silkies aren't the greatest layers but, as a whole, they tend to be the best broody hens. When they do go broody (a hormonal thing) they will sit on eggs and hatch them. You can even swap out their eggs and put fertilized eggs of any breed under then. They will hatch them and raise as their own chicks. Many people keep silkies just for this reason. Some call them "silkie-bators," as they replace incubators and do all the work.
     
  10. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Welcome to BYC! There’s so many helpful, knowledgeable folks here and I’m sure you’ll find this site a very useful resource. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do.
     
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