When do Silkies tend to begin laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ADozenGirlz, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    I have one white bantam Silkie, Freida, who was hatched in July this year. All of her hatch-mates began laying in December, 2009 around 5 mos old, but she has not begun laying yet. I'm interested in hearing from Silkie owners as to when, in their experience, Silkies tend to begin to lay. Thanks!

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  2. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
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    I have an 8 month old silkie hen who has never laid an egg [​IMG] And I think it will be even longer because I don't add light and none of her silkie sisters are laying right now either [​IMG]
     
  3. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be anywhere from 3-5 months to over a year. Better quality birds tend to take longer.
     
  4. Joyryder

    Joyryder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you sure its not a cross dressed roo?
     
  5. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Are you sure its not a cross dressed roo?

    No, my dear friend, THIS IS our cross-dressing ROO!!! We named her "Betty" and then she had the audacity to begin crowing in December. Go figure! FYI: We still call her Betty. [​IMG]
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  6. jaboo81

    jaboo81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now that is funny:lol:
     
  7. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Our neigbors don't think so. [​IMG] Sadly, Betty is being adopted out tomorrow, but we'll be getting one of his daughters in the future. Small consolation.
     
  8. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
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    Quote:[​IMG] A YEAR [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] NO please don't say that. I want babies.
     
  9. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    Quote:Are you sure its not a cross dressed roo?

    I am sure! [​IMG] She is a she, I have no doubts about that. My roo breeds her *if* he can catch her, just no eggs yet.
     
  10. janie's silkies

    janie's silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    :My silkies started laying around 6 months, however after several months of laying they are molting .Ihave heard this can take a month or two. They have stopped laying and it has been very cold here in lex. ky. Today is the first nice day so I chased them out of the hen house for some sunshine in my garden.
     

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