What has she done? A Silkie!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by greatchicken, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wife went to pick up some ducks that she has been looking for and came home with a black silkie for our daughter. What is she doing? [​IMG]

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    Now what do I do? I have a flock of standard size birds. Will they except it when it gets to full size? Is there anything special I need to know about them?

    I am not sure how old it is. My daughter has fallen in love with this bird. I really was not ready for this bird. Any help?

    Thanks
    Shun
     
  2. Rhondax6

    Rhondax6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww I don't have silkies but I do know one chick will be very lonely. Now you'll need another asap [​IMG] Good luck!
     
  3. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:X2.. you should send the wife back to get it a buddy (another silkie)
     
  4. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, having more than one chick is very importent, not only for the chick's well being, but in terms of chicken math also [​IMG]

    seriously tho it is importent. chicks raised alone can become mean or antisocial.
     
  5. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We have 16 eggs in the incubator that are suppose to be hatching in a couple of days. My wife got it because it was the last one and her and my daughter felt sorry for it being alone. [​IMG]
     
  6. austincoopersilkiesies

    austincoopersilkiesies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another Bantam Chick If not another silkie because it will be the only one of its size but it is like any other chick except when an adult it needs a roost no higher than 1'5" But Thee Are SO Smart Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG] He Or She Looks To Be At least 5 weeks old the standards will except it if the is atleast 1 other bantam!
     
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  7. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silkies are great birds and make GREAT "pets". The age is hard to tell but I'd say it's at least 3-4 weeks just because of it's size and feathering. (I'm definitely no expert though, I've only owned Silkies for a little over a year) It will be fairly small compared to your standard birds, depending on what their breed(s) are. What breed(s) of standards do you have? If you have some mixed breeds(or smaller purebreds) that are a little smaller than the others you can probably house them (the smaller ones) with the Silkie later on. It would be good if you could find another bantam chick about the same age.

    Silkies should be kept out of the rain as much as possible until they get to at least 6 months old, mainly at night or when it's cooler. (I know it's summer right now, but you may want to be careful in the fall) If they go in the rain during the day then that's probably fine, just make sure it doesn't get chilled or stay in the rain all night. As for roosting, yes the roosts should be low although you can have them staggered and that will help. What we have in the coop for the Silkies is a ramp that leads up to the roosts. Some of them stay on the lower roosts and others jump/fly up to the higher one.

    Good luck and have fun with your new little Silkie!
     
  8. Taylorhens

    Taylorhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My 2 silkies and 1 bantam cochin do just fine in with my standard size chickens. I wouldn't worry. Just wait until the chick is bigger and then take your time integrating them.
     
  9. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:I have never heard of this, usually it's just the opposite! [​IMG] When ever I am brooding just one chick they're always the friendliest of the bunch. Last year a broody hatched out babies and left one behind so I brought it in the house and the chick bonded with me and would cry and cry until I picked her up. She would follow me around the house like a pup and would never be silent unless in my apron pocket.

    ~ Aspen
     
  10. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    Quote:I have never heard of this, usually it's just the opposite! [​IMG] When ever I am brooding just one chick they're always the friendliest of the bunch. Last year a broody hatched out babies and left one behind so I brought it in the house and the chick bonded with me and would cry and cry until I picked her up. She would follow me around the house like a pup and would never be silent unless in my apron pocket.

    ~ Aspen

    yeah the ones i had started out nice, but both ended up afraid of and mean to other chickens [​IMG]
     

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