Silkie thread!

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

  1. KMHunter

    KMHunter [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Cr

    Jun 12, 2009
    My Coop
    I haven't had silkies before so I was wondering when you all put yours outside without heat? With all my other breeds I just go by when they feather out completely. But it's obvious with Silkies that they don't feather out the same way. I am even worried about puting them out in the garage with heat! Lol!
  2. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    They aren't much different than other birds. when the day time temps are over 70 they can go out by 6 weeks old

    Summertime my incubator hatched chicks are outside at about 3 weeks old in a hutch, and if the temp drops (60 or less at night) I will put a small heat light in the hutch and then put them on the ground by 6 weeks and in the coop.
  3. KMHunter

    KMHunter [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Cr

    Jun 12, 2009
    My Coop
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Follow the leader~
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Okay, with ALL chickens, 95 degrees the first week, then decrease by 5 degrees each week. When the outside temperature is the same as what they should be, voila!
  6. lil mama

    lil mama Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2012
  7. LeonieJane

    LeonieJane Out Of The Brooder

    What colors are these called please.

    I'm assuming black

    I'm assuming White

    Possibly partridge?

    Possibly Grey?

    Assuming white.

    Not really sure what this color is.

    Any help would be great. :)
  8. annabell254

    annabell254 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2012
    south Ga
    Amen! I have my coffee! and I need it I was way behine in posts this morning![​IMG]
  9. Basel

    Basel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2012
    Hi again.
    SORRY to go back in time here to the chat about sexing chicks. Man this thread zooms! :) I missed the further comments.

    MY understanding [please correct me if I'm wrong] is that Amber Waves silkies will sex them via DNA after you buy them. So if you buy 12 and they tell you they all came back cockerels that's what you get. You can't ask for and pay for sexing ahead of time and then buy the pullets. Please correct me anyone, if necessary!! Apologies if I read their info wrong.

    I checked with my exotics vet and there are lots of labs that will do avian sexing. Your vets will know as they DNA sex parrots etc etc all the time. You don't have to go through your vet either to get it done. The labs will send you a card and you either clip a toe nail a tiny bit tight to get a few drops of blood on the card, or on larger birds, pull out a few breast feathers. The latter method isn't as fool proof though. The testing is pretty inexpensive at about $15 - $20 each I believe.

    Just food for thought. :)

    [PS: I'm hatching some silkie eggs soon---I caught the fever!]
  10. Adriennesmom

    Adriennesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2011
    Monterey, California
    I know what you mean! I just made my coffee and am catching up on all the new posts.[​IMG] It's almost time for chicken TV[​IMG]

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