Silkie Chicken Information

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Belba, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Belba

    Belba In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I am considering getting Silkie Chickens. However, before I get one, I would like to know everything I can about his breed. How big do they typically get? What do they eat? Do they forage? Are they friendly towards people? Do you have to groom them? Do they like the water? Gendering revealing/sexing? Eggs? Answers to these questions and more would be very much appreciated. Thank you so much for all and any help!
     
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  2. lptrout

    lptrout Hatching

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    I have an urban flock and I have 5 silkies. You will absolutely love them. Super friendly and docile. I have kids and they love them. Good luck!
     
  3. luvmypets

    luvmypets Songster

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    A while ago we purchased two silkie hens. They are lovely to look at.. Like big cotton balls.

    As for size they will be smaller than your standard birds by two or 3 lbs.

    They eat just as much as other chickens. They will be fine with layer food.

    Yes, they love to forage just as much as other chickens.

    As with any chicken the way they are raised determines friendlyness towards ppl.

    You dont have to groom them unless you are showing them in which you bathe them to make them all nice and pretty.

    I dont know what you mean by do they like water... But they drink water LOL

    Silkies are harder to sex than other breeds.

    They lay white-light brown eggs smaller than your average size.

    And to add on silkies are wonderful mothers. They will hatch any egg you give them.


    Our Cirra has had 2 broods this year
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    her first brood 3 chicks current brood two chicks


    Our other silkie hatched out four chicks and three ducks in one hatch!
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  4. Belba

    Belba In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much! Just so you know, I meant water as in swimming. Guess I should have clarified that, sorry. My bad. Again thank you!
     
  5. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Songster

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    When my silkies got dirty, I would give them a bath in the sink, and then sit them on the counter & blow dry them (low setting), mine would fall asleep as I dried them. I had two roo's, one friendly, one a little stinker (I re-homed him). Cynder, the one I kept, was very friendly, and I could pick him up all the time, until............he became head rooster, then he would chase, and try to jab you. Before he passed, he fathered 3 chicks, 2 boys & a girl (Mothers were a Buff Orp. And a NH Red). And is a grandpa to 4 chicks (Mom is a Banty), one who looks like him.
    I would love to get a silkie hen, am done with boys LOL
    They are unique little chickens.
     
  6. kltrett175

    kltrett175 Chirping

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    I have bantam silkies but I think there are regular size silkies too.
     
  7. Belba

    Belba In the Brooder

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    Tahnk you for the information. How loud are they?
     
  8. kltrett175

    kltrett175 Chirping

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    They don't make much noise but arnt crowing yet.
     
  9. Belba

    Belba In the Brooder

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    Thanks!
     

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