Very small silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Celiandy, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Celiandy

    Celiandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a little black showgirl/silkie (Peanut). She is sooo small, about 1/3 the size of a regular one. She is about 5 months old, so she should be getting close to her full size. Is this common? Should I try to breed mini silkies? Is there something that can happen in the upbringing that can stunt their growth? I got rid of her siblings but they seemed a little bigger. I'll try to take some pics if anyone is interested in seeing her.

    I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but it was the closest that I could find.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have had a runt silkie before. I right now have a runt white Orpington. It always just seems to be one in a group of 25 or so- I don't know why.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I have a dwarf/runt silkie. She will be 3 this fall. She is very tiny and will not lay. She laid about 3 eggs, then that was it. She's so adorable, I can't get rid of here. She will be here till she dies.
     
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  4. Celiandy

    Celiandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting, I wonder if they don't usually lay. Thanks for your responses, it's good to know she's not the only one out there.
     
  5. reereechickens

    reereechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a runt also![​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    robin416 has (or had) a dwarf Silkie. She did lay regular size eggs, too. I'm not sure if she still has her, but she was definitely a dwarf, not just a runt (the Silkie, not Robin, LOL)
     
  7. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have two tiny hens and a tiny roo. He is the size of a normal size hen. They are not dwarf by any means just extra small.
     
  8. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Cynthia is correct, I did have a dwarf. She died last Summer after she started internally laying.

    There is a physical difference between a dwarf and a small Silkie. It would take me forever to find Dwarf's pic but I'll give it a try. Their bodies are more round and the legs are quite a bit shorter. Cynthia has pics of another breed that was a dwarf.
     
  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:I would love to see a pic people have said one of my little girl is a dwarf but I don't think she is I think she is just Tiny.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I'd like to see the picture also. Im pretty sure my girl is a dwarf. She's really tiny, round and has the tinest little legs. She sort of waddles when she walks. [​IMG]
     

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