Silkie Lifespan

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by E.M. Silkies, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. E.M. Silkies

    E.M. Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do Silkies live? How long does a Silkie hen lay eggs. How long does a roo stay fertile? Do they ever get too old to show?
     
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    oh, mine do not usually live past 6-7 years of age, but that goes for all my birds in general, not just silkies. They say birds can live as long as 13 or so but that has never been my experience.
     
  3. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An older lady I am friends with had two silkie hens for 13 years before a raccoon managed to breach their coop. She was heartbroken. They weren't laying any longer, but they were healthy and happy.
     
  4. SilkiePuff

    SilkiePuff Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know much about silkies yet, but I would think it would depend on food, care, and living conditions and breeding.. as that will determine how long they will live.. I breed Fancy Rats. and the general rule is they can live up to 6 years with good care, but some only live up to 2-3 because of the care, (eg.. spoilage, in food like candy, sugar, and etc) also breeding for longevity. Not that this is the same for birds, but we found if we bred our rats at an older age, the offspring lives longer and therefor reproduces this longer life span on to babies.

    but Silkies may be different

    I would thing an average lifespan for any bird is up in the 10++..since most birds I've met have lived that long, and I can't see it being any different for silkies..but again I'm not that knowledge in silkies yet.
     
  5. SPARKLESILKIE

    SPARKLESILKIE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    13 years at the most if you take good care of it[​IMG]
     
  6. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    had a silkie hen live to be 14, she quit laying at 10
     
  7. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I currently have three Silkie hens that will all be 5 years old in September. They still lay a couple eggs a week and are still persistently broody as ever.
     
  8. frances2000

    frances2000 New Egg

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    I found two of my silkies dead so no reason for this had them 5 years where a couple yrs old when got them seem find the night before
     
  9. Tay71

    Tay71 New Egg

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    @ Frances2000 huh?
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  10. ManawaGirl

    ManawaGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to tell how old a silkie too is? I bought one at an animal auction an he looks old.
     

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