when will my silkie lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sydney13, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    i have a silkie hen who i rescued from a meat market a few months ago so i dont know how old she is.
    ive had her for 3 months and when i bought her she seemed about 2 or 3 months old so she is 5 or 6 months old. i would assume that they were feeding her meat bird feed so im wondering if that would make her start laying eggs later?
    and she seems a bit thin even though i have her on free choice chick feed so should i try to fatten her up, and how?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    What % protein does the feed have? All of my silkies get 20%
     
  3. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    She might never lay, like mine. Don't count on any eggs from a Silkie. [​IMG]
     
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    i never knew some chickens never lay eggs [​IMG]
    so i guess she wouldn't go broody then?
    she is on 18% protein purina chick feed
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  5. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    She might go broody (sit on other eggs) but never lay any of her own. That's how mine are. [​IMG]
     
  6. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stop it!!! Thats awful news! I have 6 silkie chicks, who I love! Im praying the majority are hens, and I was so hoping they would lay and go broody on their own! DARN IT I had no idea they sometimes dont even lay. YIKES
     
  7. farmerchicken

    farmerchicken New Egg

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    I didn't know that some silkies never lay. My silkie will be a year in August, and she has been laying for about 3 months now.

    Erica -- Farmer Chicken
    1 hubby, 1 son, 3 hens, 1 dog, 2 turtles, and 5 fish all living in surburbia
     
  8. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    You got lucky. Most of the best looking SQ Silkies are duds. [​IMG]
     
  9. farmerchicken

    farmerchicken New Egg

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    How weird. I had no idea.

    Erica -- Farmer Chicken
    1 hubby, 1 son, 3 hens, 1 dog, 2 turtles, and 5 fish all living in surburbia
     
  10. sunnysongbird

    sunnysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how old are your silkies? Maybe they are just late bloomers
     

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