Silkies cold hardy?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Summer98, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can silkies handle cold winters? Are they hard to keep clean free-range?
     
  2. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:silkies should not be free ranged they get lost too easy
    and they do ok in a draft free barn
     
  3. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Minnesota and my Silkies have done just fine in the winter. They lived in a non heated, non insulated barn.
     
  4. Tommy_poultry

    Tommy_poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:silkies should not be free ranged they get lost too easy
    and they do ok in a draft free barn

    do they really get lost?
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I don't free range my silkies. They have covered runs, just because of hawks, etc.

    They do fine in the winter. I consolidate the pens in the winter so the birds have eachothers body heat to keep them warm. They go out everyday in the winter unless were getting a blizzard or freezing rain/sleet.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    My silkies who range tend to stay cleaner and more mite/lice free than those who are penned. However, their feathers do get more worn and sun damaged.
     
  7. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    personally, our silkies are too stupid to make it in the real world, and to be even more specific, most of them cannot live in a cage that's big enough holes for them to get their head through. Simpily, if not for my wife thinking they are cute, and they're incubator ability... they would not be around.
     
  8. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:silkies should not be free ranged they get lost too easy
    and they do ok in a draft free barn

    do they really get lost?

    My silkies are free ranged with the rest of my chickens. I really don't know where someone is getting their helpless stupid silkies who get lost, but mine are just fine. If anything a bit smarter than my others, I've lost 5 chickens to predators so far and my silkies have been safe and sound everytime. I worry a little about hawks, but just because they are smaller and easier/ not because they are stupid.
    They went outside last december when they were about 6 weeks old. It gets and stays below 0 in the winter here pretty often, and they did great.
    ETA- When I go lock up the girls for the night I usually have to put a few stupid chickens inside who couldn't find their way to the door. These are usually my wyandottes, delaware mixes, or barred rock. My silkies have never not found their way to bed.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  9. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

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    My silkies free range and they return every night to the coop I've never had one get lost.
     
  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my freind has lost some her best show silkies do to free rangeing them they get lost in the tall grass and are never seen agaain or bfound dead weeks later
     

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