Silkie housing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by randadell, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. randadell

    randadell Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 silkies that are nearing one month of age. Ive been told that they do not roost and need a secure dry area. Are there any other things to consider when housing silkies? Im thinking I would like to build them something small similar to a chicken tractor. Any tips or ideas you have to share with me are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. tristancolli

    tristancolli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am buidling a silkie coop right now also.on this they need is a covered run. so they are out of extreme heat and direct run. they need a dry run not muddy or anything that is why i am building a raised coop. with the run built under the coop.and no usually silkies do not roost mine used to sleep in the nesting boes at night so i would just make sure they had clean bedding every other day.
     
  3. randadell

    randadell Out Of The Brooder

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    the lady who gave them to me said hers don't typically climb walkways into a raised coop. how high off the ground should my coop be if this is true?
     
  4. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think most birds you can train to use a ramp they just have to get used to it. If they don't really like climbing though you probably want to be sure not to have a steep incline on the ramp but make it a gentler grade.

    The coop I am currently building will be for my broody bantams and will house some silkies. I am building it 2' off the ground so there will be a nice sheltered area underneath they can hang out in if they want. I plan to make the ramp pretty long so that it makes a nice gentle grade for them to go up.
     
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  5. 12eggs

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    i , too , am planning owning silkies and trying to figure out a coop. I have been told and have read that they dont perch and like to sleep together ... in a huddle...
     
  6. 12eggs

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    how many Silkies do you have ? how big is the coop + run ?
     
  7. rachlore

    rachlore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about silkies too. I've heard they don't fly... is that true?
     
  8. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any silkies yet. I ordered a mixed bag of feather foot bantams hoping to get some of each kind but the only two silkies in the mix were doa. [​IMG]I will be ordering a handful of the assorted silkies once I get the coop finished and the babies I'm brooding now moved out into it. My broody coop (the one I am working on now) is going to be 8'x10' and I'll be keeping a total of probably no more than 6-8 bantam hens in it. But I wanted plenty of extra space for them to brood small batches of chicks in there as well. The attached run will be 10' wide and as long as I can manage to make it with the materials I have available.
     
  9. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I have read they can't fly very well at all because of the structure of their feathers. With all that furry fluff they don't really have anything to catch air in. [​IMG] This is just what I have read though, I don't yet have any personal experience with raising and keeping silkies.
     
  10. 12eggs

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    Well if you have the Cochins you have some sweet birds. I am planning on both together . That's because I could not make up my mind.
     

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