Questions about silkeys????????????????????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kori, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Kori

    Kori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I told my stepdad about silkeys and he said to learn about them to see if they are good chickens and make sure they arnt predatorial and dont beat up other chickens.........i thought i should come here and ask some people who actally now what their doing even though im new(i just made this acount earlyer)and only 11 id also like to know where you can get them in central texas and if their friendly and hard to keep.[​IMG]thanks everybody!!!!!!!
     
  2. Coopacabana

    Coopacabana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a silkie would be the last chicken to beat someone up. In fact, they are so docile that care should be taken they don't get beaten up. You should get at least two, preferably three or more, and keep them with other nice chickens that have lots of space, food, and water. I have heard that they can be more susceptible to mites but have not had this problem. They shouldn't get really wet and their crests and inability to fly make them easy targets for predators. I only free range them when I am present. They are pretty friendly, of course handle them as chicks and then you may want to trim their crests so they aren't scared by things such as your hands coming by them. I've never done that though. I got my first silkie when i was about eleven, i think. You can get them anywhere that sells chicks, they are very popular. The feed store should have some, the hatcheries and of course breeders if you are after show quality.
     
  3. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies I have found (the hens) to be very sweet. They are only "mean" when they are laying on eggs and I disturb them...then I get pecked [​IMG]
     
  4. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hehehe [​IMG]
     
  5. Lambydoodle

    Lambydoodle Out Of The Brooder

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    Silkies are fantastic friendly and beautiful birds. I have several chicken breeds but a few months ago got a couple of silkies. I now have lovely silky chicks and they are a joy to watch. They are VERY good mothers and very good broodies and love to sit on a bunch of eggs - hence my new chicks. I would recommend them to someone starting out , they dont need too much space and dont fly and coe in a fantastic variety of colours - good luck and have lots of fun
     
  6. Kori

    Kori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks u guys im really happy([​IMG]) they are such good chickens and watch for my picture im gonna ask my parents how 2 download pictures on websites like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im gonna take a picture of my beloved rooster Sooty(i saved him during the texas heat wave,my 2 year old nephew Rylan had stuffed him in a jar and poor Sooty couldnt get out to get food and water amd in the process Sooty damaged his wings but now hes a big and proud rooster with our last 2 hens that didntget eaten or lost)!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. Coopacabana

    Coopacabana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poor Sooty! It does not seem to be a lucky name! My rabbit Soots was just beaten up by his brother (so much for this whole they're so mellow, oh they are so social you MUST have them together stuff the everybody insisted on). Then again maybe it is lucky, because they both survived. I don't know how bad off Sooty was, but it sounds awful, and Soots had a dangerously low temp., the vet was amazed he pulled through! They are both very lucky to have such good owners to care for them when they are hurt. You gotta watch those little kids, they can get the strangest ideas about handling the animals, if you turn your back for a second... you would never imagine it... and sometimes older kids too, at least with little ones they don't mean to hurt them, but if it's an older one being deliberately cruel i can't stand it. Sounds like you will be more than able to handle a silkie after all that!
     
  8. chiken guy

    chiken guy New Egg

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    silkeys are very good chickens, and soooo cute, but they cant really fly so if a prediter gets into the coop than there dead.....[​IMG]
    i had 2 for maby 3, 4 mounths, only one went broody so i put 5 indian runner duck eggs under her, it was 3 days before hatching, only 2 eggs left ( 3 had gone bad), then she abandone the nest!!!!
    so 1 was bad and the other had died along the way, he are cute but i have not had a good experiance with them hatching duck eggs
    oh and will a chicken role one of her eggs out of the nest if it bad ?
     

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