Question about Silkie Chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickenbreederboy, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Chickenbreederboy

    Chickenbreederboy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have always, ever since i saw them, been in love with the Silkie breed and the first breed that came to mind when my mom helped me convince my dad to build be a couple breeding pens was the Silkies. Well, i started looking around to see if i could get some nice quality birds in this area without having to raise them from bities. Well, the man that whose number i was given was too far away from me, but thats irrelevant. Anyways, he started talking to me about chickens and all, and he mentioned the difficulty there was in raising Silkie chicks. Puzzled, i asked him what he meant and he said that Silkie chick's immune systems were very poor, requiring constant care and tending. He said that if you didn't keep them on antibiotics, that they would die. He said that if i could get one or two to 6 weeks old without them dying out of a whole clutch, that i would be counted as lucky. This saddens me, because although i love the breed, it would seem that such hourly care would not be worth it in the end. I have never met this man, so i don't know whether he's being truthful or exxagerating. And since i've never heard this about silkies before, i wondered if the people here could help me out. Is this right???
     
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    [​IMG] Never heard of it. Granted, I've only been in to chickens for 2+ years and had silkies for most of it, but that's new on me!
     
  3. lost

    lost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe he dont keep his pen and coups clean
     
  4. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmm,
    i haven't had any probs. maybe he had a sick flock perhaps?
     
  5. flip9109

    flip9109 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use medicated crumbles, but thats as far as i've gone with any chicks including silkies. out of my last batch of 45 I lost 1. I don't know what he's talking about.
     
  6. angelmarie

    angelmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think he's trying to scam you or something. silkies are super fighters in everything, the reason i believe that their higher in price and harder to find is because they're generally sparse egg layers. Get your silkies and if your really wooried about them getting sick you can get some antibiotics to put in their water, or mcmurray sells vaccines good luck!
     
  7. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    I've never had a problem with silkies AND it is not a good idea to feed antibiotics for a "what if" situation. They should only be administered if there is a legitimate problem that requires them. Get your silkies from somebody else for sure!
     
  8. angelmarie

    angelmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh, i thought he was buying from that guy, o well no the post above is right only give it to them if they need it, in which the case of that breeders chickens they sound like they need it.
     
  9. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmm, my 8 are thriving and healthy, no problems![​IMG]
    maybe that was just his experience.
     
  10. Chickenbreederboy

    Chickenbreederboy Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everybody, it sounded fishy, but im 15, and i know enough to know that i don't know much. So i figured someone older could help me out. Thanks.
     

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