Silkie thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    YIKES!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
  2. Laingcroft

    Laingcroft Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    Anyone ever get a single comb chick from pure silkie parents? Isn't rose comb supposed to be dominant so could this be a recessive trait? Or a sign of non-pure breeding?

    The chick is not of my breeding. It is the little "mystery" color from several posts back that is supposed to be partridge, but looks like it might be barred/cuckoo instead ---- with a single comb.
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  3. littlecritters

    littlecritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    New York
    Hi, I have a feeding question for silkie and polish chicks. Our family is new to raising chickens and this past weekend, we were lucky to acquire week old silkie and polish chicks from a lovely breeder who we found on BYC. Thank you Anne!

    My daughter and I just adore these babies already. We also have four week old hatchery chicks (BO, Araucana, SLW and GLW). We can immediately see a difference in their personalities compared to our hatchery chicks. The silkies are the sweetest, most gentle balls of fluff and the polish are little devils.

    We have been feeding our hatchery chicks non-medicated starter feed (mash not crumbles). Today, I went to a different feed store to buy more feed. I was given a confusing array of options with various combinations of medicated vs non-medicated, mash vs crumbles, grower vs starter.
    So, I didn't buy anything and thought I would seek advice here on BYC.

    What should we feed the silkie chicks at the various ages of development? Should we use a specific percentage of protein? Avoid any particular ingredients? Add any special products or treats? We used to breed and show championship rabbits and fed them a specific diet which produced lush and soft fur. I'm wondering what to do for our silkies? Thanks in advance for your input!
  4. Laingcroft

    Laingcroft Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    Ummmm, you could send her to me? [​IMG]

    Seriously, she is quite pretty. I keep mine all together until I set up breeding pens for a two month period, collect all the eggs I need/want and then everyone goes back together again. Easier to control the records that way too.
  5. Laingcroft

    Laingcroft Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    Gorgeous day yesterday. Perfect for getting the chicks out on grass.

    Here are my two white babies hatched out of eggs from Dylan's Silkies. Really hoping they are a pair. I think the larger one might be male based on attitude, size and comb development, the smaller, a female for same reasons, attitude and lack of comb development. They are six weeks old tomorrow.

    Priscilla and Chardonnay

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  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cute names for cute chicks!! Great photos! Hope you have a pair. :)
  7. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Single combs can occasionally crop up in silkies from somewhere way back in the lineage, but silkies have walnut combs not rose combs. ;-)
  8. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Another silkie addict in the making!! Welcome to a great bunch of enablers! [​IMG] I'm sure everyone does things different but I'll give you my routine. My chicks get free choice medicated feed until they are four months. They also get free choice alfalfa hay from birth and on. As soon as they are able they get sunflower seeds as a daily treat and flaxseed. They also get fresh fruit or veges daily. All applies to my adults except the medicated feed. The adults get flock grower and oyster shell. Wow! They eat better than me! [​IMG]
  9. GoldBarRanch

    GoldBarRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2012
    silkies should have a walnut comb
  10. Sanna

    Sanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    So if BBS is black/blue/splash, what does it mean exactly?? You have eggs of all three colors? Or one bird carries these genes? I'm confused. lol [​IMG]

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