i have one silkie hen and i love her and she is not stupid...thanks for defending them........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.
I have free range Silkies. They are awesome in cold weather because of all their fluff and are great free rangers. Mine always come back into their coop so I have never been concerned that they will get lost. Also, I have never worried about them getting dirty. Silkies are the best!Can silkies handle cold winters? Are they hard to keep clean free-range?