So... tell me about silkies...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Goat_Walker, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I cant believe im saying this but...

    Tell me about Silkies. Do they fly? I wasnt sure because of the feathers.

    Im only even asking these crazy questions because my dad likes silkies and Ive heard they are THE BEST mothers. Kinda like a scovie as in I can put whatever eggs I want under her.

    We are building new pens with GRASS lol so Ill have a small coop for her any everything. And im pretty sure I can feed them cracked corn and the same layer feed I feed my ducks.


    My main delimma is the flying thing. The only predator problems ive ever had are snakes. the people across the street have chickens and im hoping If i get silkies that they wont travel over there.
     
  2. Jolynn191978

    Jolynn191978 Out Of The Brooder

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    They don't fly. At all. They do make fantastic mothers and are quieter than most hens. I have found mine to be less hardy though to cold weather and the larger hens pick on them more.
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I dont plan on getting any other breed of chicken. They might share a pen every now and then with the ducks when I open all the gates but thats it.

    What would I need to provide for winter? We hvae gotten a light snow the past two years. I could always place them in a cage in the barn with a heat lamp but I think that that would be a little cruel [​IMG] Would a dog kennel or wooden box with a small opening just big enough for them to walk into work out if it has los of hay? Ive never had chickens before but If I get silkies Ill prolly get about three or four.
     
  4. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they dont fly to some extreme. With my silkie hens, if you are chasing them, they can get up to about 2-3 feet. So you can say, they jump, not fly.
    ANd they wont roost. They bunch up and look like fluff balls.
    But SUPER SWEET! I have a hen who is a bit mean, but the other one is kind
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I dont mind the jumping, the fence is four feet tall. I mainly want them for hatching eggs and being broody.


    Should I get a rooster or just hens?


    Also - I let my ducks free range alot, So would I need to let the silkies free range or would they be ok in a 25' x 50' enclosure? I dont think Id have too much fun chasing fluff balls over five unfenced acres.
     
  6. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Being in Alabama I don't think you will have a problem with them. I am in Oklahoma and mine do fine here.
    Chris
     
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Thanks! What colors do they come in? I dont want two of the smaw color. I know I want a blue at least. Do they come in pied colors?
     
  8. Bluemoon420

    Bluemoon420 The Rooster Queen

    I've got one that TRIES to fly, but doesn't really get much air. [​IMG] It ( we aren't sure if it's a he or she) runs real fast, flaps it's wings, and maybe gets about 10 inches off the ground. It's very funny to watch!

    Bluemoon
     
  9. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Awww.... Ok im hooked, Im getting some come spring. Ill have to sneak them in and say they are duck eggs though lol, and when they hatch Ill have to sneakk them out. [​IMG] or I can seduce my parents with their cuteness and convince them to look the other way.


    Can I feed them whole corn or can they only swallow cracked corn? I can always crack the corn myself ( lol ) If need be.
     
  10. Vanessabuffsnsilkies

    Vanessabuffsnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will love them. They are the funniest to watch when they do run.Sometimes they start with a hop straight up a few inches then the running thing. Mine have lots of feathers on their legs and feet. But they are so tame they don't run when I walk up to them. My silkies do happen to roost they were raised with other birds. I just picked up 4 new chicks today...
     

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