Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ILuvMyPetChickens, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can Silkies survive during the winter months? I'd really hate to see them not too. I love them!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    We don't get as cold as y'all do in the wintertime. Our winter lows are usually in the teens, lots of rain and ice, not as much snow. My silkies do just fine.
     
  3. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have lots of snow storms. I'm sure they would just stay in the barn under the light.
     
  4. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies did just fine. I had 3 in a small outside coop over the winter and all did well. I don't use a heat lamp because the first winter I had chickens, some got frostbite on their combs.
     
  5. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So does using a heat lamp cause more frostbite than without it? [​IMG]
     
  6. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That seems to be my experience with heat lamps.
     
  7. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we just have lights hanging above no heating lamps. I dont know if that will work.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:So does using a heat lamp cause more frostbite than without it? [​IMG]

    It can cause things to be a bit more....moist-er?...which can lead to frostbite.

    Really, a chicken - any chicken - is better off being allowed to naturally acclimate to their enviroment and that includes the weather. Hang a heat lamp (or run an A/C, same diff.) and have a power outage and your chickens are not going to be equipped to handle the cold and/or heat. They have a nice down jacket to wear when not kept under artificial conditions. Mother Nature knows what shes doing.

    Just MHO. [​IMG]
     
  9. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mother Nature knows what shes doing.

    This is the unblemished truth! It seems that so few on this forum know how chickens are wired to survive without being coddled.
    In fact, chickens can stand a wider range of temperature variation than humans can.​
     
  10. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

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    My silkies do jsut fine in the winter. I have never used any heat lamps when it gets cold or ac when it gets
    hot. I do run some fans in the summer and deep litter in the winter.
    I agree with gritsar 100%!!!!!
     

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