Silkies! It's not an accident, is it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My 31 chicks don't find the 18" high draft guard on their brooder much of a challenge so I'm used to getting up in the morning to find chicks running everywhere on the screened porch.
    The last couple of mornings my little silkie, Jethro, has been out of the brooder too. Thinking it's an accident we go through the whole "oh poor little silkie! he must have gotten accidently knocked out of the brooder by the much bigger chicks!" routine. Then we spend the next 30 minutes or so out in the suffocating humidity chasing the little booger all over the porch so that we can put him back in the brooder.
    The thing is, this is like the fifth morning I've found him running around the porch with the other chicks.

    It's not an accident, is it? He's making fools outta us, isn't he? [​IMG]

    P.S. The "out of the brooder" chicks have food and water outside so I'm not worried about that.
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Songster

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Nope, it's their life purpose! [​IMG]
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    haha! silkies are faster and smarter than they look [​IMG]
  4. Go to Dollar Tree and see if they still have butterfly nets. Or go get a fishing net with a stick handle. Either way, you'll be much happier you did. Last baby I netted was a RIR. She was NOT amused. I was. [​IMG]

    Good to know these things, as I hope to get a pair or trio of silkies next Spring. They sound like real characters!
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I'll go with the faster part, not so sure on the smarter part. [​IMG]
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Minnow nets are easier! [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Okay, this evening I went out on the porch. The second the chicks hear the click of the door they go running towards their brooder, like they are going to be in trouble for being out. They ran in a straight line - turkens first, then the EEs, followed by a couple of meat birds, then a pause and yep! Jethro in the caboose position. Little so and so. [​IMG]
  8. stampntam

    stampntam Songster

    Apr 13, 2010
    Spring Grove, PA
    so funny
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  9. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Did you hear about the kangaroo escape from the Australian zoo? Every morning the keepers had to track down the kangaroos on the loose and put them back in their pen. They decided to make the fence around the enclosure taller and so they extended it to 10ft. high. Next morning the 'roos were out again. Then they made the fence 12 ft. Next morning the 'roos were on the loose again. Then they made the fence 14 ft. The next morning as they were rounding up the 'roos yet again, one of the Kangaroos said to the other one, "I wonder how high they'll go on that fence until they start locking the gate?"

    You might try putting a screen cover over the top of your enclosure. I sometimes use a scrap piece of 'egg-crate' which is normally used as a screen over florescent lights. Works great, plenty of airflow, stiff enough to handle easily, heavy enough to keep them from dislodging it when they jump up.
  10. duck walk

    duck walk Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    white springs, fl
    Yep...a top...I framed some chicken wire with some spare scraps of wood to fit over the brooder and stopped all the "wild adventures."

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