Silkies and laying abilities?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KatyTheChickenLady, May 5, 2009.

  1. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    One of my kids wants to get some silkies. I know nothing of them other than that I read on here that they are evily addicting. Are they bantams or just very small chickens are there large ones? How often do they lay and what size are the eggs?
    thanks!
     
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  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    The eggs are small sized. I get one egg per day from my silkies nearly consistently.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    My girls are laying good. they have been laying for about a month or so, and I get an egg a day from each of them.
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Is it me, or are Silkies a hot topic today? Every other thread seems to be about Silkies today.
     
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Quote:Bet its hard for you to keep up with all the questions! LOL

    I also see there are a LOT of new people getting new breeds, so I'm not surprised these guys are the first choice for those people searching out some pets rather then just egg machines.

    I'm happy with my small silkie eggs, because I get about 1 a day from each hen WHEN they are laying. Silkies like to go broody, which mean they try to hatch their eggs often. So you will lose your hen to the nest several times out of the year because they want to hatch eggs and not lay them.

    They have an awesome temparment as well, so definitely worth it if you want a bird who's a pet first.
     
  6. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Bet its hard for you to keep up with all the questions! LOL

    I also see there are a LOT of new people getting new breeds, so I'm not surprised these guys are the first choice for those people searching out some pets rather then just egg machines.

    I'm happy with my small silkie eggs, because I get about 1 a day from each hen WHEN they are laying. Silkies like to go broody, which mean they try to hatch their eggs often. So you will lose your hen to the nest several times out of the year because they want to hatch eggs and not lay them.

    They have an awesome temparment as well, so definitely worth it if you want a bird who's a pet first.

    sorry to hijack here but thank you for explaining the silkies [​IMG] I have 3 that I hatched out a month ago and these are my 1st silkies! I still don't know how to tell if they are male or female, but they are so cute!
     
  7. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    great info thanks, can sombody tell me if they come in "large" size
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Large fowl silkies are available in other parts of hte world. Not in the US, but there are rumours, and rumours of rumours that people are working on it.
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Interesting. I saw some pics of the offspring of silky crossed with naked neck to make a "show girl" so I guess their feathering must pass on in crossing to some extent . . . I know that stays into the genetic theme - of which I know nothing- but it does seem like some fun crosses could be had.
     

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