When do silkie ear lobes turn blue? Can't find that info any where!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jaybme, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. jaybme

    jaybme Songster

    Hi all, there is so much information on the web about Silkies, but I can't find anything on WHEN their ear lobes turn blue. I have 8 week old bearded partridge and 13 week old bearded white silkies, and no blue yet.

    I was wondering if it is a maturity indicator or just flaws on mine [​IMG]

    Thanks for any info! Jayne
  2. WOW! Thats a question I can't answer.... Never really paid attention to it.

    I'll see what I can find for you.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Mine are usually blueish at like 6-8 weeks old, then often lose it at about 5 months old. However, it sticks on some, but not on others. Why, probably because I don't raise show quality birds. They are lawn ornaments and an Asian delicacy so don't conform to standards that I'd follow if I was going for show types. Really it will depend on strain and individual bird, which is why you are probably having a hard time finding the info.
  4. I've got the funniest story about them being an asian delicacy. It includes my show silkies, the state fair show this past weekend, and an asian college student. It was hilarious! I'll have to tell it later when I have more time to type it out.
  5. jaybme

    jaybme Songster

    Would love to hear that story! [​IMG]

    My friend went into Chinatown in San Francisco, and found live silkies for sale. Chopping block ready and for a small fee they will clean them for you. UGH.

    While I am asking questions- do you move your silkies outside at 8 weeks, or take away their heat? I have been acclimating my tow younger ones all week, and left them in the coop last night for the first time. RAN out to check them this morning and they seem happy and fine. My three older ones went out when it was warm, so I was not worried, but now it is 45 at night.

    I guess none of mine will have turquoise ear lobes- darn.

    Thanks for your replies. If you find out more let me know!
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Does the darker blue and lighter blue mean anything ???
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Don't know if the colors mean anything, but they taste just like chicken. Just another culture that accepts eating fresh chicken from the market rather than water packed cornish x. I treat them just like any other chicken and they lose their light at about 6 weeks in the spring when temps are in the 40's at night. They are pretty tough, just make sure they sleep in draft free coops and perches aren't too high so they can get to them.
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    My silkies lobes were very blue when I got them at 6 weeks old. I was told they are blue from hatch...not sure how true this is though.
  9. If they are blue, they are barely visible. I just went and looked at the two chicks that I have in the brooder, both are 2 1/2 weeks old and neither one of them have visible blue ear lobes. I'm sure blue lobes come in as they grow older.
  10. Jarhead

    Jarhead Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Yep they taste they same. Just like chicken. Kinda strange the first time you have black chicken soup. In china the black meat is thought to bring luck and healing. They also say if a guy eats a soup made from the black testicles you are supposed to be more spunky in the bedroom. I am surprised that there is not an infomercial for a canned testicle soup yet with a smiling guy waving like on the enzyte commercials. [​IMG]

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