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mtpoultry

Re: Silkies

Post by mtpoultry » 22 Apr 2011, 14:21

If anyone has any white silkie hens LF in or around south yorkshire, or anywhere in yorkshire, please give me a pm! May also take cockerels if hens can't go without males

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David

Ryland

Re: Silkies

Post by Ryland » 24 Apr 2011, 12:37

Can you help me please - I am very new to poultry keeping and I have gold/ white/ blue and black silkie hens 1x white cockbird 1x black cock bird 1 x 2 x blue cock birds all running together at the mo. for breeding do I have to seperate the colours? or do I end up with multicoloured if i dont seperate? hope you dont think this is a stupid question.

new house farm poultry

Re: Silkies

Post by new house farm poultry » 24 Apr 2011, 15:15

if you dont seperate ull get a nice mixture of coulours and some crossed colours but all pure silkies.

Ryland

Re: Silkies

Post by Ryland » 24 Apr 2011, 18:19

thank you for the reply - is any colour more dominate to do know?

new house farm poultry

Re: Silkies

Post by new house farm poultry » 25 Apr 2011, 19:18

well this weekens i had a silkie hatch and its a white one, it cam from a white cock onto a black hen but i cant be sure, i havent done it enough times, it could just be pot luck.

Ryland

Re: Silkies

Post by Ryland » 25 Apr 2011, 23:03

THANK YOU

Lorna

Re: Silkies -what colour are these chicks?

Post by Lorna » 02 May 2011, 16:00

Hi, I got silkie hatching eggs from a breeder and put them under my own broody silkie, the eggs were supposed to be 3 chocolate, 3 white and 3 black.
Only two chicks have successfully hatched and these are now a week old, both are from eggs marked 'chocolate', I am confused as one of them doesn't look chocolate.
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is is possible for chocolate parents to carry ressessive genes? I know quite a lot about rabbit colour genetics but nothing at all about chicken genetics - or could the colour difference be related to gender?
Any silkie experts out there?
Thanks :grin:

dtomkins

Re: Silkies

Post by dtomkins » 03 May 2011, 10:36

First post!

I've just started keeping a couple of weeks ago, and have five hens at the moment - a Calder Ranger, Speckeldy, Maran, Sussex Ranger and a beautiful little white Silkie.

The other four were part of a large group just coming into point of lay and had no trouble settling. However, the Silkie is about a year old, was already laying as part of a coop of about 10 silkies, and seems to be really struggling to get established. She was bullied at first as expected but it seems to have stopped now but she is still taking the role of victim - she runs away from the other chickens, rarely socialises, seems very nervous, and will only go for food if there are no other girls around - I'm not sure she's actually eating very well. She laid one egg on the second day in the run itself, and has only laid one more since. Not bothered about her yield but wondered if it might be a sign of something else?

How long should I be waiting for her to settle? The guy doing my fence at the moment has kept quite a few chickens in his time and he says a Silkie needs another Silkie to bond with. It sounds daft to me but will try anything to get harmony (we still have room for another 4 hens or so).

Other alternative is to take her back ( the breeder said she would happily do so). However, she's my daughter's favourite so I'd really rather not.

Thanks in advance all!

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Re: Silkies

Post by Lindsay » 03 May 2011, 11:30

I'd go for at least one more Silkie.

Lorna

Re: Silkies

Post by Lorna » 03 May 2011, 11:43

I agree,
I have the same problem with my gold silkie, the other girls just about tolerate her but she is definately bottom of the pecking order and won't stick up for herself, she is a typicaldizzy blonde! I brought a second hen at the same time which is a normal feathered silkie x chocolate wyandotte, but even she picks on Doris a bit, it's nothing too nasty but when Doris went broody (they are renowned for this) I decided to get her some hatching eggs and sort out some company for herself, When the chicks are reared I will not introduce her back to the rest of the flock.

clairebear5

Re: Silkies

Post by clairebear5 » 19 May 2011, 14:09

We have Ziggy and Zara white silkies...plus we have Sky a cuckoo silkie and a cuckoo chick which we think is a girl.

new house farm poultry

Re: Silkies

Post by new house farm poultry » 19 May 2011, 22:17

i know you bought that ziggy fella off of some one on here didnt u? petchickens? wheres he at nowadays :lol:

clairebear5

Re: Silkies

Post by clairebear5 » 23 May 2011, 20:09

Got silkie eggs ready for the incubator...dont know how long im supposed to keep them for ??

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Re: Silkies

Post by em76 » 19 Jul 2011, 10:05

How often will a silkie go broody? My girl is over a yr old and went broody about a month ago. We broke her and now she's indicating the same again. She laid on saturday, nothing since then. I read it is more common in their second yr, is this right? She is in a house and run on her own beside the other run so she can see the other hens. The reason she's on her own at the moment is that we have lost 2 hens from her house over the last few months and we want to make sure she is not carrying anything before we get her a mate. Are we right to do this or are we opening her up to complete boredom?
We haven't had any of the huge poo's yet that she had last time she went broody tho..
What do you guys think? Is it normal for silkies to go broody with short times between? Oh and we are not hatching under her.
owned by 2 Aracauna's, 1 RIR, 2 Welsummers, 3 Silkies, 9 cats and 1 dog!

Lorna

Re: Silkies

Post by Lorna » 19 Jul 2011, 10:16

My silkie went broody so we gave her fertile eggs of which 2 hatched, she started laying again 6 weeks after the chicks hatched but went broody again after only 3 weeks of laying. She still has her chicks with her.
Lorna

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