Silkies!?! Please Help! :))

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mwing14, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Mwing14

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    Okay I have a couple questions about my silkies. First off at what age are silkie roosters able to mate? I know it takes Silkie hens quite a while before they start laying but are the roosters different? Like are they able to mate earlier with maybe a chicken that is older and is able to lay eggs? Sorry if I made that confusing. Also I know silkie hens are very good mothers but when does that instinct kick in? Do they have to be able to lay eggs in order to be able to take care of a baby chick. You see someone offered to give me a baby silkie and I would like to be able to put it in the coop hoping the hens could take care of it, but my hens are only 6 months old and have not started to lay yet so I'm not sure if they would know to take care of the little baby. I still consider them my littl babies haha so I don't really see them caring for anyone but themselves yet. Also I have 5 roosters and they all get along with the hens and eachother for the most part but I'd be afraid one of them might pick on the baby chick and hurt it by accident. My main concern here is the baby I would just like to know if it'd be a bad idea putting it in the coop with silkies that might not be able to care for it. If anyone can please help I'd really appreciate I'm a first time chicken owner so sorry if any of my questions are dumb. Thank you so much!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    A hen won't take care of a chick unless she's broody. Silkies are famous for going broody (my girl did it three times this year, and on the last time I let her hatch more silkie chicks) but they don't go broody until after they start laying. A broody hen is very easy to recognize, and since none of yours are laying, none are broody. Putting a chick in with them is a really bad idea. They can and will attack and kill it. They most definitely wouldn't care for it. Also, just so you know, the proper rooster to hen ratio is ten hens per rooster, or at least somewhere in that area. Otherwise, the roosters can overbreed the hens and seriously injure them, so you may want to cut back on your roosters unless you have lots of hens ;)
     
  3. Mwing14

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    Thanks for the advice! Also do you know when a Silkie rooster is able to mate? I know it takes Silkie hens quite a while before they start laying but are the roosters different? Like are they able to mate earlier with maybe a chicken that is older and is able to lay eggs?
     

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