Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken gal, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ME WANT SILKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really want a silkie. I've heard that they are really nice. Any more facts I need to know before getting one.




    Thanks!!!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They don't like ramps or roosts but can be trained to go onto a very low roost (maybe 6-8 inches high) and also to go up ramps if you keep the food inside the coop.

    If you get two that is better as they like to sleep in a pile on shavings. They can't fly, and their feathers don't shed water well. They tend to get cold more than other breeds from what I have noticed in the past. They need a rain and wind shelter of sorts in the run as they will stand there getting wet.

    They can't see hawks well, and should never be allowed to be bullied as they have a hole in the skull like a baby's soft spot.

    I used to keep some in a shed coop and they liked it better than going up the ramp to a hutch. My youngest child is still upset that we don't have silkies anymore. I might get more one day....
     
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  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X 2. They can't get to anything that is higher than their chest and will sleep on the floor together. They tend to get bullied so keep an eye out. They can't see well at all so it is harder for them to escape predators. Also because they don't scratch you may need to trim their nails but it's easy to do. They are very sweet.
     
  4. foothillsfiber

    foothillsfiber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Granted mine are hatchery, but I raised them with some guineas and all four of mine fly up to the roost that is about 20" off the ground and the roo gets up on a 3 foot stump to crow. So, they may not fly well but some do fly somewhat. I got blue so that when they hatch out I will have blue, black and splash. Can't wait for them to go broody. They have been laying not for about 2 or 3 weeks.
     
  5. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Interesting about the claws. I did not know that. Thanks Dinos. I am getting mine Monday and now I will know to keep an eye out on the claws. I need to give my HUGE rooster his monthly pedicure this weekend so he doesn't tear into any of the girls. He doesn't like it.
     
  6. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple days ago a northern goss hawk tried to get in and man were those chickens scared (I was little bit scared too!) People have cut of the fluffy stuff in front of their eyes. I would feel bad for them.[​IMG]
     
  7. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that it is weird that they have 5 toes instead of 4. Crasy stuff!!!![​IMG]
     
  8. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Some even have 6
     
  9. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 18 silkies 2 of young adults hen and a roo and rest chicks , they never get bullied they do the bulling half the time , i find them very confident chickens but not the brightest as they do stay out in the rain oh and she lays her eggs in a dog kennel instead of the coop ( GOOD JOB THE DOG DONT MIND [​IMG]) and then comes and tells me through th cat flap she has done one . they are very good broodies and ive even added polish chicks to her own and she has taken them on as her own . i will always hatch silkies as i just love them so much [​IMG]
     
  10. jojomojo

    jojomojo Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't realize this until just recently. I have one silkie in a mixed flock (used to have two, but it died as a chick), about 5 months old. She uses the ladder to make her way up to the roost 3.5' off the floor, squeezes in with everyone else.

    Next summer she'll have more silkie friends and their own silkie coop though [​IMG] If I could find her some silkie friends locally, she'd have it now!
     
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