1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Single silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mylovelyladies, May 1, 2008.

  1. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    40
    0
    22
    May 1, 2008
    What are your thoughts on having one silkie in a small mixed standard/bantam backyard flock?
     
  2. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    336
    0
    139
    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    I think its fine. I had one for a while. then got one more. I love silkie, but so do the coons [​IMG]
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    3,366
    55
    238
    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We have an all Banty flock and after we finished the main run (last year) we decided to keep the Silkies seperate from the rest of the flock as they tended to get picked on by the others. As Skip says, "they aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the box" and they have proven him right, but we love them anyways. [​IMG]


    Hope this is some help!


    Dawn
     
  4. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    40
    0
    22
    May 1, 2008
    So far she's not getting picked on - I've been watching very closely because I half expected that she would. The kids love her and I'm sure would love another but we're in town so I really have to limit my numbers and I want to enjoy as many breeds as I can...
     
  5. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Songster

    825
    0
    149
    Mar 14, 2008
    Castroville, Texas
    I bought 6 of them when I first started raising my own chickens and of the 6 only 1 lived to lay eggs and raise tons of babies for me over a 7 year period. The first year she spent with the rest of the flock of mostly standard sized chickens and few bantams with no problems except...she wanted to hatch every egg she saw and no matter where it was laid. I had a few mixed baby silkies by the end of the year. Then I wanted blue and pure silkies. so I moved her into a pen the following year after I bought a big mixed package of black and white silkies. This didn't last long as she kept finding ways back into the main pen. I gave up and let her remain with her natal flock.
     
  6. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I have 4 silkies in with my standards and they all get along fine. One black silike likes to think she rules the coop, I call her my black widow [​IMG] My DH has another name for her cuz she pecked at his little rooster, lol.
     
  7. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies In the Brooder

    40
    0
    22
    May 1, 2008
    Well, a friend of my dad's is bringing me a black bantam Cochin who is really gentle and quiet - good for the kids. This may mean that my Silkie doesn't get a friend [​IMG] I don't have much room...I feel sad for her asleep on the floor alone at night though.
     
  8. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    230
    0
    129
    Sep 11, 2007
    TX
    Quote:ya, Skunks too all mine got killed [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: