Silkies are Stupid

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chickens-246, May 9, 2007.

  1. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    OK, Maybe too bold of a statement.

    In a week my Silkie chicks are going to be moved to the coop (six weeks old). So I wanted them to get used to their new feed bucket. A few days ago I put the normal steel feed bucket in and let the chick feeder go empty. Well, they have been eating the bedding like crazy, even with this full feed bucket in there. I would drop a handful of scratch in the tray part and they will gobble down the corn, then go back to eating bedding. Out of fustration, I took the bedding out and only put food and water in. They still eating what was left from my clean up (I didn't vacuum the box). Their chests are skinny, but not really sure what they should feel like a 5 weeks. But they are growing like weeds.
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    What was their old feeder like ? You don't want them to go without food. Leave both feeders in the brooder until they get used to the new one. Eventually one brave sole will venture over and take a bite. Then everyone will want to eat at it too.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Try to show them where the new feed is and maybe they will figure it out. Maybe they just cant see it.
  4. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    I found a solution; I changed feeder again, I used a "pig trough" feeder, a rain gutter (new). They took right to it, this is better to "train" them with anyway because this is the same type feeder I have in the coop.
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Funny you say that... I've noticed that my silkies are a little "slower" than the others, but they are so freaking cute!!! [​IMG]
    My partridge silkie, Gwen... I don't know if she's just really really chill or really really dumb. I love her to death anyway!!
  6. wlz77

    wlz77 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2007
    my to slikies are named tweedell dee and tweedell dumb. they can never find the door to the coop when they go out to free range. they alway go to the wrong side till the roo goes and get them to follow him back.
  7. Forest_Nymph

    Forest_Nymph Songster

    Jan 11, 2007

    I thought it was just my silkies that seemed "dumb".
    I swear mine can't see whats in front of them!! My roo misses everything he pecks at . He can only eat properly from the feed dish and then gobbles it all up without pecking and choosing like the other birds.......Their bug patrolling skills are lacking too. LOL

    But, darn!, they're soooo cute!

    boo boo, chicklet, fifi, doobee and whitey are their names.
  8. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    Are you feeding them only scratch feed? Or do you give them crumbles too?
  9. M.J

    M.J Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Can't say they are all the best i have two roo's that freerange and the one tryed to attack my two year old second cousin well i gave him a good kick and made him walk it off.[​IMG]
  10. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Could it be all that fuzzly hair in their eyes that just makes them seem silly? Or could they be the ditzes of the poultry world? (Aren't they the one's with the sensitive noggins?)
    Doesn't really matter to me, I think they are all lovely!

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