You did such a good job and I love Silkies. Silkie colours. Some people can look at the wing feathers in newborn chicks and use those to determine male and female. Blessed. Answer: Silkies are unique. There are various ways to break this broodiness. Cutest thing, friendly, and needs attention! Question: My silkie (grey) has a beak which is starting to go a bit red and a bit of a wattle (I think?) These barbules are lined with tiny hooks called barbicels which act like Velcro and keep the feathers smooth and straight. I’m so frustrated that I’m thinking to give them away! Start small by asking the Silkie to do something it would want to do anyway, then when it does it swiftly click your clicker and give it a small treat. Aug 11, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by C.C. If you aren't in a hurry, I'd wait until 7 or 8 months to incubate any eggs. It is listed further down the page under "Great Silkie Sites From Around the World.". Also, how do you keep your Silkie in the house--does she wear a diaper? There is a written standard for their variety. Care must be taken to prevent the bunnies from having to hop through the chicken poo. Joined: Aug 7, 2007 Location: North Alabama. Like all chickens, they need regular dust baths to keep their feathers nice and mite-free. Nice lens. Many times chickens are able to start moving over time as their bodies do a good job at recovering. For this, I need your help! Silkies make absolutely wonderful pets for most people. According to "Silkies and Silkie Bantams" by Sigrid Van Dort, the eb recipe listed first is the most common genetic basis for black silkies. My favorite then was PJ. Unlike most backyard chickens which have yellow skin, silkies have black skin. They may look like a new-fangled fad breed, but silkies are one of the few ancient chicken breeds we still have around today. Question: At what age can you start to determine the sex of a chick? :). Most people carry chickens upside down by their legs as chickens sort of go to sleep when flipped upside down quickly, but I don't like having kids carry them that way as chicken's legs are delicate and kids might hurt them. Question: At what age do Belgian Splash silkies get their spots? Answer: Silkies have skulls that are different than most other chickens. It is listed further down the page under "Great Silkie Sites From Around the World." These hairs are called barbs, and in most feathers, the barbs look neat and straight. Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on March 19, 2012: I love this lens. eb/eb s+ Pg/Pg (Cha/Cha) The common fault of partridge silkies having a black crest can be attributed to the Cha (Charcoal) gene. No other chicken has five toes. Some silkies have a group of feathers on their chins which resemble beards, and others do not it. Silkies are very popular and there are numerous groups devoted solely to them, as well as some that are about bantam chickens or all chickens. What characteristics do you look for? Springtime is the time of year when there is an outbreak of feather growth, but the main time for molting (losing feathers and replacing them) is in the fall. I have personally taught them to ride in the car and get carried around. In my experience, I added a perch and a door to a dog house and placed that inside a chain-link dog kennel for a quick and easy chicken coop. With their vaulted skulls, Silkies have exceptionally delicate heads. Neither of those work for Silkies. Question: How did you train your silkies? I really like the way these chickens look, I guess this breed of chicken makes for a great house pet. Silkies have been called a “little bizarre” because of this. I have 3 silkies that are now almost 13 weeks old and i am trying to figure out if anyone can tell if they are hens or roosters. After that, the sky is the limit. Chickens pant to cool off, but they don't sweat. If you are looking for another type that is gentle and broody, you might check out d'Uccles as they are a very sweet breed as well. My silkies are pets and follow me, and they let me rub their back. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Otherwise, if you already have chickens or are planning to get a flock, they can simply live in the coop with everyone else. This way you can really bond with them. Breeding White only to White Silkies-results in White Silkies. It can sometimes be difficult to see the combs and wattles against their black skin, but I think it makes them look really cute. [Think Buff Orpington]. Very thorough lens. It is believed that Marco Polo spoke of the silkie when he wrote about fur-covered chickens during his travels to the Far East, back in the 13th century. I feel very frustrated, even is I love them very much , Do they for some reason that I don’t know can kill each other ? This gives them a more beautiful crest, but can also be a source of danger. If you can, get your chicken to the vet. Their skin is very dark, and this makes them a popular delicacy in some Asian countries. Once again, the undesirable black crest can be attributed to the presence of Cha. Stand beside the chicken and place one palm on each side of the chicken's body. You might not notice much difference for several months. To contact them write c/o Secretary, Sue Scott: 6 Colville Rd; Yellow Rock, Australia 2777 or email them at email@example.com. Great lens! SELF BLUE SILKIE (LAVENDER) GALLERY. They don't like perching, so will often make a big fluffy pile on the floor. SPLASH SILKIE GALLERY. The dominant white gene I needs to be introduced from another breed, such as white leghorn. Shorebirdie from San Diego, CA on February 15, 2012: I love Silkies and Polish chickens, too. Silkie chickens are a bantam (smaller) breed of chicken that are known for their fluffy, adorable feathers. How aggressive the other breeds are, the birds' individual personalities, and how much room the birds will have all influence whether or not it will be a good situation. Hatching is a very long process and often takes an entire day for the little one to peck a crack and then break out of the shell. In the above picture, the little silkies and their rabbit pals are enjoying the nice spring weather while playing in the sunshine together. All the cases happen whith diferents hen and roosters , diferents floks , diferents coops , all of them raises by me thing littles chicks. Article by Knot By Gran'ma. These birds look like rabbits or balls of fluff. American Silkie Bantam Discussion Group is a free email list. 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