silke questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JakRat, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    New silken owner here! How is their egg production? When do they start laying? I just got a partridge silke who was hatched in April.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've only had a few Silkies, but here's my experience with them. I had 3 hens and a roo. If I remember correctly, mine started laying around 7-8 months old. They were pretty good layers, about 3-4 eggs each a week (I think, its been a while since I had them). I didn't buy them for egg production though, just sheer fluffy cuteness. They were some of the friendliest chickens I've ever met. Good luck!
     
  3. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silkies lay every other day, my Hens are sweethearts, but the Roos are territorial. Am thinking it's a free home or Freezer camp for them.
     
  4. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Dover
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    Is this one a boy?

    Not territorial at all... just got them today, and it just hung out and was really mellow... now fighting nothing.
     
  5. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Black one? Looks like a hen. My Males have very LARGE purple Rose combs.
     
  6. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is one of my hens:

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  7. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Dover
    Quote:Thats what I thought! Someone in the partridge silkie thread said it was a boy and I JUST got rid of a rooster. This one is at least 6 months old, so I figured the comb would be way bigger.
     
  8. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Dover
    Quote:When did they develop the large combs?
     
  9. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a roo at 6 months-ish. He has a giant comb already:

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    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  10. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Dover
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    Better pic of her.
     

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