Silkie Questions...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens-246, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    My Silkies are almost 11 weeks old and I'm wondering.

    When should they start to roost?

    How high will they be able to fly?

    What is a minimal size needed for nesting? (I have a space problem)
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    They can't fly. They can hop maybe at the most a foot and a half, to two feet off the ground. Most of my Silkies don't roost, only the rooster, they just kinda pile up on the ground. I would say just a standard sized nest for them, they like to have a little room. You only need one nest for every 5 birds.
  3. TucsonFrizzled

    TucsonFrizzled In the Brooder

    Howdy ya'll ~ [​IMG]

    Fancie has laid three eggs in six days. Three weeks ago. They were each perfect, pinky with light black swirls.

    She has not laid any more. I know because most of time she is on my desk and in a diaper. Both of which makes an egg noticeable.

    I have made sure that she gets light for more than 12 hours a day. Her diet is good, layers mash, granite grit, oatmeal, and treats of a few bites of what - ever protein I am eating.

    How can I help her get into a schedule? At least she is not broody, yet.

    Wendy and Fancie
    SooperDooper Coops

  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Don't be in a rush there, Tucson...Once she gets on a schedule, she's certain to go broody...[​IMG]
    As for the flying, you're probably right, Angie...but a silkie mix can certainly do it...Penny has flown from the back porch, over the bottom half of the dutch door, through the kitchen and onto DH's chair without touching floor.
  5. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Songster

    Jan 24, 2007
    SW MO
    Hi, Backyardchickens. My silkies don't roost, either. Except, as Angie said, my little rooster, Maurice, seems able to get up on the roost with the big girls. He is in a pen with my standard hens. I have a 2 ft high roost for them, and also a 3 ft high roost. He makes it onto the 2 ft, then hops to the 3 ft one. But my Silkie hens stay on the ground in their coop. I read someone on here said they had a piece of 4 X 4 laying in their coop that their silkies "roosted" on. LOL

    Tucson, if there is a way to get a chicken "on schedule" I have never found it. She will do whatever the heck she wants to, in spite of you, probably. LOL

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