Will bantam silkies lay year round?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DUCKGIRL89, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im getting four new bantam silkie chicks tomarrow (2 black, 2 splash) and they are two weeks old. Will the hens (if I get any) lay by spring? And how long will they lay? Will they lay year round?

    Th an ks in advance!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't raise silkies, but as I understand it, they take quite a while to start laying. And once they do start laying, they won't be the most reliable layers as they are a breed known to go broody often. (going broody means they want to hatch babies and they don't lay eggs during this time)
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im mostly getting mine for broodies to sit on duck eggs. But I would also like to hatch some silkies next year [​IMG]
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Well then, they should work great for you!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Lay a clutch, go broody, raise the chicks - and repeat as many times as you can in a season.

    That's the silky motto. Production birds they are not. For your intended purpose, they will be great.
     
  6. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] thanks guys!
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Mine start in April and lay until it starts getting cooler in about September. Mine generally don't lay in the winter or fall.
     

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