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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Feb 16, 2010.
Wow! Poor little thing. I hope things get better. Perhaps one of long term fanciers will weigh in with some good advice. Hang in there.
I Love all the Beautiful Silkies, I can't wait til I can sex mine!!! I have a White, a Black, and 2 Blue...
Maybe she needs a little boost after all she has been thru,boil or scramble her an egg yolk and mix in a little yogurt.Poor little thing,what are you using to treat the lice?
I'm glad you addressed this. I too am new at chickens this year, and have been buying adults or older chicks and having them shipped. The first 4 transactions went well and I couldn't be happier with my chickens. The 5th time, though, I bought a Buff-Barred Cochin rooster and 3 Silkies from a fairly well-known breeder. She sends me a PM and says "They're shipped, BTW you'll have to treat them for mites because I saw some." I was furious! How irresponsible is it to knowingly send mite-infested birds half way across the country? Indeed the rooster was covered in bugs and eggs, so bad he lifted his hackles and shook his head every few minutes. I wanted to return them to her but she just kept giving me the run-around. My husband was so mad and we were so unprepared to deal with mites that we got rid of these birds. Pretty expensive lesson to learn.
The only good thing about that whole ordeal is that in the meantime I had been working a deal on some other Cochins, and when they came I inspected them before just putting them in with the rest of my flock. They had bugs too. Not near as bad, and I didn't see any eggs, but my current flock is completely bug-free and I want to keep it that way! I had been reading a lot after the other birds, so I put Frontline on these birds (the kind you put on dogs) and put them in a barn we don't use, in a wire dog crate on a cement floor, which I also dusted with Premectin. It's been a little over a week now and I haven't seen anymore bugs. I don't know how long I'll keep them in quaratine but I'm not ready to put them in with the rest of my flock just yet. This breeder had said she was unaware of the bugs, and I don't believe she intentionally sent me infested birds.
Needless to say this all has soured me on buying anymore birds. I have been reading this and other threads and see it happen again and again.
Breeders need to be more vigilant in sending CLEAN birds to people!
I have chicks right now of 1 blue 1 white 1 black just need a buff now
Debbi, just wanted to say that I'm REALLY sorry to hear what you are going through with your broodies - and the also say that I don't think it's a "splash" thing. A couple of my BEST (and smartest) girls are splash (Ameraucanas). But I am very grateful that you are sharing all this with us. I'm taking it all in and hoping to learn ....
(DEFINITELY going to continue to keep my broody mamas separate .... <sigh> )
I Love all the Beautiful Silkies, I can't wait til I can sex mine!!! I have a White-Angel a Black-Sassy, and 2 Blue-Cloud and Mist... Sorry for all the pics of the White and Black, but I was wondering if anyone had any guesses on the sex of those two?? Any help will be appreciated, Thank You All....
Different day, new problem. I recently purchased two silkie chicks from local breeder. They are now three weeks old. I don't remember if she said they were from her own stock or if they were purchased eggs. This morning the black one was missing out of the big Rubbermaid container that I was keeping them in. I looked around and there it was roosting on a broom handle that tipped other. When I picked it up I took a good hard look at its head. It has a very un-silkie like comb showing! Now what do I do? Also, it can fly a little. It also traditional chicken wings not ruffled silk ie wings like other chick. Also it is larger.
Post some picture of it on here for all of us to see