Silkie question....(really stupid)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Spookwriter, May 16, 2010.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Almost ashamed to even post this one. Looked for a column
    for really, really stupid questions....

    My 10 Silkies are now in an outside pen....(they were out of control,
    trashing my living room) (They kept jumping out of their box at night.)

    The question....Do Silkies need a "roost" at nights like other chickens?

    Now don't laugh....I just don't know. They seem more to "Hop" than fly
    like a chicken. If they need a roost, how high from the floor?
  2. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    My 2 silkies live with my goaties in the goatie box. They snuggle down in the shavings.
  3. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Wow, that has to be the dumbest question ever.... NOT! Don't be silly, nothing stupid about that. Mine are still chicks and I'm new to chickens, so I don't know details about roost specs, but I can tell you that my Silkie chicks love to perch on my finger. I have one literally perched on my forefinger as we speak while I type! He's bouncing up and down as I type and snoozing away.... I have actually learned to type with my left forefinger sticking straight out. The things we do for these little buggers.....
  4. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    We're new to silkies too, and I was told that they do not roost.
  5. micaheart

    micaheart In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Hi. I've had several silkies as well as other chickens. My silkies do like to roost with my other chickens. They don't fly as well, and sometimes don't see as well due to their "fluff". I have a two level roost system, the first roost is about 2 feet off the ground and staggered a few inches in front of the second, and the second is about 4 feet. If they don't manage the higher roost on the first attempt they will work their way up. At the top level I do have a couple of size roosts to choose from. There is also a box with shavings at that level but they don't sleep in it. Hope that helps. Good luck!
    Last edited: May 16, 2010
  6. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Our Silkies sleep in their boxes. They don't roost like our other chickens.
  7. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Mine are EVIL!!! Mean, spoiled rotten...

    They were cute during the day. Stayed in the box, no problem. Great
    pets. We'd play with them.

    But at night...they learned to hop out of the box and run around wrecking
    the living room. Try letting 8-9 chickens flapping around your living room.
    Funny part is we just remodeled the place last year. New rose colored carpet,
    new furniture.

    Chickens were giving it that lived-in feeling.
  8. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    N.San Diego County
    Mine do not roost. I gave up a long time ago. They sleep in puppy piles together in the hay. To give them the "feeling" of roosting I put a 2 by 4 on the floor- literally on the hay- in one of their sleeping areas and a couple of them do perch on that.
  9. jujubean99

    jujubean99 Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    My silkie roosts with the other chickens but we have a thicker roost (the stick they roost on is about 2-3 inches wide) so I think she just sits on that one. I say give your silkies the option to roost, and if they seem to like it, great. You could upgrade their roost or just leave it as is. If they don't take to it, just get rid of it and build them some other 'beds' on the ground [​IMG]
  10. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    LOL!!!! So funny about the living room. No my silkies do not roost, rather, they hop up on a hay bale onto a low shelf w/ shavings. They do not fly either.

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