Why are my silkies so dumb?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by PrestonSloan08, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. PrestonSloan08

    PrestonSloan08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so a really big storm just came through!! And I went outside to go check on everything!! Only to find my silkies out in their run( they never ever go out there by the way) soaking wet just sitting there!! Why would they go out there? Wel I guess they just got a good bath!! But it just shocks me that they would do that!! Crazy birds!!
     
  2. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you sure they are not waterlogged and unable to move? no bird would purposely soak itself like that [​IMG]
     
  3. PrestonSloan08

    PrestonSloan08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I grabbe and put them back in the barn!! And they are just walking around fine!!
     
  4. GotGame

    GotGame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was one of the main reasons we got rid of our silkies. After them being drenched half a dozen times or so, I just got rid of them ASAP. We had them for probably 4 months.
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Often when Silkies get scare or confused they will just sit down and stay put, especially when there are more than one and if they have big topknots that block their view.. their calmness is a feature people like for kids, but often not the best for outdoor birds. i keep mine in big covered pens, as they are not the brightest breed as a whole. But soo loveable.
     
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  6. PrestonSloan08

    PrestonSloan08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I love mine to peices but they aren't very smart!!! Haha!! I just figured they would be smart enough to go in when it starts to rain!! Do I need to dry them off or anything? Or will they be fine?
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    If it's not getting cold, if you are like us right now it's cooking hot!... then should be fine, but i towel dry my dummies off just encase. [​IMG]
     
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    i have noticed also that many of my Silkies seem to have impaired vision, even with clipped topknots. They just don't see the same as some of my other birds, I don't think they have good depth perception either. I think that has something to do with their actions. I have some that are very smart and get into/ out of all kinds of stuff and then those that are just "SPECIAL". [​IMG]
     
  9. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the silkies i've had have been very bright [​IMG] my silkie rooster was able to corral as many as 7 mixed roosters and around 20 hens at one point (that was when we had a LOT of roosters)! my partridge pullet's already adopted a serama chick the same age as her and shows it where to eat and drink and sleep. maybe i have more unique birds than i thought [​IMG]
     
  10. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silky chicks seemed flighty and dumb compared to other litter mates, but one of two are coming around by week 4. They seem very treat motivated, even more so than my other girls, and I believe mealworm treats had one of them convert into becoming more sweet and constantly jumping on me. I definitely had to work with them a lot more than other standard breeds. I hope they keep improving, as I've got them strictly for their pet quality.
     

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