White silkie advice needed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by newbie32, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My kids and I would like to get 2 silkies- 1 white,1 black. But since we live in the desert we do not have grass. So we are wondering if anyone has had problems keeping their white silkies clean and well- white? we have lots of sand. If it is a problem we can get a buff. Luckily my lady that sells me chickens will have all the colors :)
     
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  2. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Theyre gonna get dirty if your dirt redish or brown
     
  3. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is brown. I do adore the white color. They are just beautiful! But the buffs are pretty too.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    If you are in hte desert, your biggest issue will be sunburned feathers, not the soil.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    There gonna get pretty dirty...:/
     
  6. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunburned feathers? I didn't know feathers could sunburn!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They will get dirty, but it should wash out pretty well. However, you should be careful not to let them have too much sun, as that will make the feathers brassy. Brassiness is when white feathers turn yellowish due to direct sunlight. It is a serious defect when showing poultry, and it detracts from their pretty white look. Also, if you get Buff Silkies (or any Buff breed of chicken), you shouldn't let them out very long in direct sunlight, either, as that will bleach out their Buff color. Buff colored chickens should be a rich golden color, but when they get bleached out, that color fades to a dull yellow.
     
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  8. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a tarp on top of most of the run. Not sure if that will prevent ALL sun but I think it will help. I was not planning on getting the silkies to show. I just enjoy their beauty. I have 5 hens for eggs and I wanted the silkies to look at lol. Someone told me they don't have very big eggs :)
     
  9. cocopop

    cocopop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you can plant a shrub or a tree next to the pen.
     
  10. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can not grow anything besides children or animals......I have even killed an aloe plant. There is no way I would keep it alive :(
     

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