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Silkies - Too cold during the winter in PA?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KellyGwen, May 6, 2008.

  1. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone!

    I am planning on getting some Silkie babies from a local breeder in the next week or so... But I've heard a lot of talk on the board about them dying from the cold??? Is it too cold for them here in Western PA during the winter? Would they need special care? I just want them to live in the coop with my other chickens, and there is no power out there. On very cold nights during the winter I was planning on having a heat lamp out there, but I don't want to have the Silkies if they are going to suffer... I am planning on getting 5 or 6 of them... would they snuggle for warmth?

    Thanks!!!
    Kelly
     
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  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    They don't have a problem with the cold that I have noticed. Just being wet or damp
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Our silkies do just fine over winter. We do not offer any heat sources either. They are kept inside their coops during snow/ice storms or when snow is on the ground, but otherwise no special treatment. I have never lost a silkie to PA winters yet.

    Jody
     
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  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in zone 5 (-20 lowest winter temp) and my silkies do just fine. They seem to be a lot more sensitive to heat than cold. When I bathe them I have to be careful blow-drying them. They overheat quickly and take a while to cool down. As long as they are dry they will be fine.

    Richard
     
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    Coldest we got last winter was -35f and our gal Elvis did just fine.
     

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