When Do Silkies Start Laying

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  1. slkyldy4evr

    slkyldy4evr Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have 7 silkies, there is supposed to be a boy and 6 girls, they turned 18 weeks old today and the rooster has been crowing for a few weeks, I'm wondering when they should start laying, I know there is no exact time but any ideas on when they might start :) ?
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. I'd guess it varies as much with any other breed. Once they begin submissive squatting for you, you know that its not too long to wait. There's a silkie thread you may wish to check out - the search box will help you.

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  3. slkyldy4evr

    slkyldy4evr Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, is there a way to tell that doesn't involve me petting them because it's hard for me to get a hold of them.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Submissive squatting does not involve / need any contact with the birds. It can happen when you approach them. At the end of the day, they will lay when they are good and ready - frustrating, I know.

    ETA: here's the link - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/297632/silkie-thread
     
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  5. slkyldy4evr

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    Okay thanks :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You can post on the "Silkie thread," just put that in the search box and it will come up. You can also post photos of your birds to make sure you only have one cockerel. Post at "what breed or gender is this." Silkies are one of the most difficult breeds to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay eggs. Also if there is an alpha roo, others may not crow in his presence, because they would be subject of attack.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for joining us...waiting for that 1st egg can seem to take forever, but it will happen.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Best of luck to you and your silkies! [​IMG]
     
  9. slkyldy4evr

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    Thanks you all! I think one will begin soon! I'm so excited!
     
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     

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