Solar powered silkies?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SilkieLegs, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. SilkieLegs

    SilkieLegs Out Of The Brooder

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    We have nine white silkies. They go in and out of the coop run all day - free range. At night, when the sun sets they huddle up and stop right in the middle of the yard. We carry each one (with a snuggle) and put them up inside the coop each night. I think they do it in purpose. If I lock them in the run, they just huddle on the ground. Why won't they go up the ramp and into the coop? They find their way down each morning just fine.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can try putting a light in the coop- even a battery-powered one and they may go in there for you.

    Sometimes silkies have a hard time with ramps. Since they are going in and out all day, I am thinking they think it is spooky in there at dusk.

    Keeping their feed in the coop is another thing that helps tremendously.
     
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  3. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    ChickensAreSweet is right, putting the feed into the coop will encourage your Silkies to go back in at night.

    Silkies are sometimes silly, and can also be hampered by their large crests, and some can't even see well because of them! If your birds have crests that look like ours did (we used to breed Silkies), then you might consider using some "hair tape" to pull them up and out of the way of their eyes. Hair tape won't hurt their feathers, and will keep them from dunking their heads in their waterers too (we had one hen who learned this trick, and did so often so she could see better.)

    Here's a photo of one of our Silkies who needed hair tape:


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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pathfinders...we need to see a silkie with the hair tape :D
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Going to google hair tape now.... [​IMG]
     
  6. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    LOL! I wish I could post a pic with it, but alas, we sold all our bantams when our kids went to college (having two kids in college at the same time puts a serious crimp in your poultry budget, never mind losing all my chore help!) All I have are LF Buckeyes now.

    But here's a link to a thread here on BYC about it:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/340755/how-do-i-tie-up-silkies-hat-feeble-attempt-pic
     
  7. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    Amazon has three sellers selling "hair set tape." [​IMG]
     

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