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Swimming Silkie ?!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by apowell, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. apowell

    apowell In the Brooder

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    I have a group of silkies I moved outside a few weeks ago. They transitioned from a "chick-waterer" to a big-hen water dish. I have one little hen that can't stay out of the water dish. I don't know if she thinks she is fishing, or just wants to say hi to the silkie in the reflection, or what. I go out and she will be standing in the middle of the bowl, wet from head to toes, just looking at me like "...what?".

    I scoop her up and bring her in to sit in front of the fire until she dries out - we are beginning to think she goes swimming just so she can come in and dry off.

    I wouldn't worry about it so much if it were August, but dang it is getting *cold* out there.

    Does anyone else have a water-borne silkie ?
     

  2. apowell

    apowell In the Brooder

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  3. chickenandchick

    chickenandchick In the Brooder

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    I have a chick that does the same- not a silkie, but the same things. We left him to dry off as it is summer, and now he just doesn't do it- whether its to show the girls that his not immature, i dont know, but he doesn't do it anymore. Hopefully your chick will stop it soon[​IMG]
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    One obvious solution would be to go buy a jar and tray waterer.

    You may have a mentally challenged Silkie. (She's awfully, darned cute!) Given that it's winter, and you would hate to lose this precious creature, the small expense would be worth it.
     
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  5. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    All silkies are mentally challenged [​IMG]

    My silkies will stay out in the rain all day (and the slow) and soak themselves to the bone. In winter extra steps are needed to prevent this from happening. Use a waterer meant for poultry as Azygous mentioned.

    You could even use a chick waterer. They can't get wet with that.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

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    See right - chick waterer.
     
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  7. Teegan92

    Teegan92 In the Brooder

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    Very true! My 3 silkie girls nearly got me drowned during a huge rain storm trying to keep them undercover but the little ninjas found a way past me and did this weird chicken dance/feather fluff in the rain til they were soaked completely. No idea why the lil things like to torture me so..
     

  8. LavanderSplash

    LavanderSplash In the Brooder

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    I recognize that dance you stated Teegan. I have cockatiels. They do that when they want a bath. Apparently the silkies want a bath and show how happy they are in that matter..
     
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  9. BigRooNTN

    BigRooNTN Chirping

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    My Silkies also enjoy the rain. All my other hens are either in the coop or under the tarp I have stretched across the top. But when it is feeding time they come running in the dry area because I know when to get out of the rain [​IMG]. I feel sorry for them so I take a towel with me and dry'em off while I am there.
     
  10. LavanderSplash

    LavanderSplash In the Brooder

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    Any wet bird is a laugh though. Even my cockatiels look funny and they are happy to be weighted down soaking wet lol Do wet chickens smell funny?
     

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