Silkie size

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BayCityBabe, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just adopted two Silkies. The owner said they are ten week old pullets. THEY ARE TINY. I have two 13 week old cockerals that are literally 2 1/2 times as big. My cockerals look full grown and these pullets are as big as the cockerals were at 4-5 weeks.
    Is this normal? The guy said that he had been feeding them layer pellets. Do they just need some TLC - and some starter feed!?!
     
  2. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    At 13 weeks many start their birds on layer pellets, but you don't have to really until they are a little older. If you feel they could use another month on starter crumbles, that would be okay. Silkies are slow to mature. I've gone as far as 5 months feeding mine crumbles.

    There are two sizes of Silkies. For some reason, the American strains tend to be larger. I have two girls, one of each kind. The white girl is tiny, a true bantam, but the other girl is about half way in size between her and my standard EE's. The fluff hides the fact that she doesn't weigh a whole lot and is still fairly small.
     
  3. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Wow, they are no where near ready to lay, I would put them on a grower feed at least maybe boil up some eggs for them to eat as well.
    Silkie females are generally smaller than the males, and I wouldnt guaranty you have females yet LOL.
     
  4. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stacey & Cara,
    Thanks.
    These chickies may just be true bantams. I was a little concerned to be told that they have been fed layer pellets "for awhile now." Isn't there a problem with layer pellets & younger chicks? Too much calcium?
    I have them on starter food, scrambled eggs and grapes. They are eating enthusiastically.
     
  5. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Just like any babies, they need extra protein and nutrients. Layer pellets don't have those, and yes, the nutrients in the layer pellets can be hard on the babies. I definitely wouldn't be feeding them layer food at this point.

    (I realize in my earlier post I did the math wrong...you're saying your chicks are only a little over 3 months old, and I don't even feed mine layer pellets until they're at least 4 months.)
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    American Silkies are larger? Is it that the 'other' silkies are a more 'show' type? Show silkies are smaller arn'te they?

    I would like to know, because mine are small yet( a few weeks old), but I got them from a show person and I don't want the big ones.
     
  7. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Either one can be shown, from what I understand, and long as they fall under the correct standards for the breed. I personally don't mind the size as long as they aren't as big as, say, Big Bird. [​IMG]
     

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