Silkie Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chichi56788, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    Im new to chickens so I have some questions.

    1. When do chickens start to lay eggs or crow?
    2. When to chicks stop peeping?
    3. Are you suppost to groom silkies? if so, how obtain?
  2. obbsessedwithchickens

    obbsessedwithchickens In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2010
    Rooster crow at about the time they're one year old.
    Hen lay eggs around 9 to 12 months.
    They usually stopping peeping at 10 to 14 weeks of age.
    Usually people only groom chickens for show but, since silkies are really fluffy the more likely to get dirty, you could give them a bath when they're dirty.
  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    Quote:Roosters can crow at 10 weeks or younger.
  4. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Songster 8 Years

    Aug 18, 2009
    n. california
    My first hen, a silkie/cochin cross, was my first layer, at between 5 and 6 months old. My silkie roo crowed for the first time at 22 weeks, and hasn't shut up since [​IMG]

    OH, and my newest silkie cockerel is about 19 weeks old and is just today starting to get a deeper "chirp" and is still trying to crawl underneath his little silkie girlfriend who is about a week younger and almost half his size, so I guess it just depends on the bird.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  5. DeAnna314

    DeAnna314 In the Brooder

    May 31, 2010
    Fayetteville, NC
    I got 7 straight run silkies and two were crowing around 10 to 12 weeks. Two more were behaving like roosters so all four went off to another farm since we can't keep roosters here.
  6. Mandalina

    Mandalina Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    My silkie layed her first egg at 30ish weeks, a bit of a late bloomer since my other girls started at 20ish.

    I do not groom her, but I know lots of people bathe them and stuff.I see no point with her, she maintains her whiteness by herself LOL.

    My roo's have all crowed by 10weeks of age.

    I have a silkie cross baby in my brooder, I am almost 100% sure it is a boy by the attitude and legs on this little monster.He is adorable, but I have never met a pullet agressive like this chick LOL.
  7. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    I was asking about grooming because I brush one of my silkies, Poppycock, everyday to get all the gunk out of his feathers and he really seems to love it. It cracks my mom up to see me brushing a chicken. [​IMG]

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