silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BirchHatchery, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. BirchHatchery

    BirchHatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nov 2, 2009
    indiana
    i got silkies for first time i was wondering will these birds be fine to raise just as normal birds in winter as i live in northern indiana and it gets below 10 sometimes they are barn birds i only let them free range when im home. i also have their timer set to 12 hours of daylight will silkies lay and set in the middle of winter?
     
  2. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    As long as they have adequate draft free shelter with food and unfrozen water they should be fine. If it get's very very cold you could use a heat lamp, but that is a fire hazard and I only use it in extreme circumstances.
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    They will be fine in winter. They sit on their feet to keep them warm & they will huddle together for heat - as long as there are no major drafts they will be no different than the rest of the hens.
     

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