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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dmitchell, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. dmitchell

    dmitchell Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Why don't Silkies roost?[​IMG]
  2. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
    [​IMG] . Because they don't fly well like other chickens so the stay on the ground [​IMG]
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!!!!! [​IMG]
  4. Hello & [​IMG] , from Missouri .
  5. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2011
    Newport, Wales, UK.
    [​IMG] Im new too!
    They do roost, but the perch has to be very low ( only 3-4 inches high, to get them off the ground and more comftable)
    They cannot get high like regular fowl because their feathers break up(which creates the 'silkie' appearance)
    This means that their flight feathers cannot catch the air to push upwards, and so cannot fly.
    They are also very small. If I were you, I would put another perch down lower, but higher than the nest box, even if you need to equip a ramp. They prefer not to roost with bigger birds, but will if its necessary. And so if it is a high perch equip a safe ramp, and teach them to use it using corn.
    At the mo i have 7 silkies.
  6. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011

    I dont know about silkies since I dont like them.If you want to learn I'd suggest you go to the "chicken behaviours and egg laying" topic and ask. [​IMG]
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  8. I'm so glad you asked that question -- I have two little silkies, and noticed they can't fly as well as the other chicks . . . but assumed it would get better when they get older. Now I know better! Welcome!
  9. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Good advice given. Our Silkies roost, but their perch is down much lower than any of the others. Good luck [​IMG]

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