Silkie Question

Kimmyk80

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I am wanting to add some silkies to my current flock, but I haven’t been able to find pullets to buy...only straight run. So are silkies harder to sex than other breeds?
 

SoftSilkie

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Most hatcheries and other places that sell chicks don't sex any of their bantams (which includes silkies) because the bantams are extra small and maybe a little more fragile.

I don't silkies are much harder to sex then other breeds, but it just takes longer for them to grow old enough to sex. Read this to find out more: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/sexing-silkies.75451/

Silkies are a great breed! The one thing I would advise you to do is get it make a covered run for them. Silkie feathers aren't waterproof like most chickens, but they don't mind being out in the rain. A few times I have had to blow-dry them with a hair-dryer so they don't freeze on the nights it might go below freezing. But silkies are still some of my favorites, and I highly recommend them! :thumbsup
 
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Kimmyk80

Chirping
Jul 16, 2019
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83
Most hatcheries and other places that sell chicks don't sex any of their bantams (which includes silkies) because the bantams are extra small and maybe a little more fragile.

I don't silkies are much harder to sex then other breeds, but it just takes longer for them to grow old enough to sex. Read this to find out more: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/sexing-silkies.75451/

Silkies are a great breed! The one thing I would advise you to do is get it make a covered run for them. Silkie feathers aren't waterproof like most chickens, but they don't mind being out in the rain. A few times I have had to blow-dry them with a hair-dryer so they don't freeze on the nights it might go below freezing. But silkies are still some of my favorites, and I highly recommend them! :thumbsup
Thanks for the info! I have wanted silkies for a while. I hatched some crosses from a local 4-H family last year, but they all turned out to be cockerels🙄
 
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