Aug 21, 2016 #9 hadouglas In the Brooder. Silkies tend to be docile chickens, which means that other breeds can sometimes bully them. They are one of the friendliest chicken breeds and will appreciate attention and company. -Would two indoor silkies cause a lot of chicken/feather dust?-Would they make a LOT of noise? They were first introduced to Europe in the 1800s and because of their appearance they quickly became a novelty bird. Let me alert everyone to the fact that Silkies are not the sharpest chicken in the coop. Silkie chickens: the good. Underneath this little mound of hair lies a vaulted skull. A higher pitched voice in general. We could set up a 4x4 dog kennel by the front door to let them outside from time to time. With these basics, you can delve a little deeper into the complex lives of your chickens. Aspergillosis is a respiratory disease of chicken, turkeys, humans and other mammals and less frequently ducks, pigeon, geese and other wild and domestic birds. Maybe just keep them outside and let … In this blog post, Lawrence Beeken provides some information on diseases that he has found are common to the Silkie breed of chicken. We have had many chickens including silkie before. They are one of the few chickens who would be happy to be kept in an apartment - they love a little luxury! Silkies; Javas; On the flip side, some of the loudest chicken breeds you can raise include: Polish ; Welsummers; Easter Eggers ; Araucana ; Remember, however, that the noisiness of a chicken is largely determined by that bird’s individual personality – not, necessarily, it’s breed. Birds. Adding to the uniqueness of silkie chickens, their meat is considered a gourmet food in certain countries. July 9, 2017 at 5:27 pm. Silkies are a cute, fluffy, small breed chicken with a calm personality. Unlike all our other breeds. The Silkie chicken is one of the most popular chicken breeds today. Thank you! Silkies aren’t for everyone this breed is very fragile and if not using the proper bedding, lights, feed, etc. Chicken. May 11, 2016 36 2 29 Detroit, Michigan . Silkie chickens are incredibly reasonably priced pets to own, particularly when they know the benefits of maintaining them, like availability of fresh eggs, pest management, or companionship. Feather Sexing and Silkies. Ryan says. Vent sexing is not available for breeds such as Silkies and usually sold only as straight runs. Fact #3: Silkie chickens have feather that’s a little like fur. Silkie chickens have 5 toes on each foot – a normal chicken has 4!- and the outer two toes are usually feathered. If another chicken gives the silkie a good, strong peck on top of its head, it can actually cause neurological damage or even kill them. In fact, while the feathers don’t provide much protection from the cold, they DO make the silkie a great choice for a pet chicken since c hildren adore the fine feathers that resemble the down on chicks. This ‘odd-ball’ and slightly unusual bird is certainly a crowd pleaser! They are also quite vocal, but thankfully don't sound as much like a squeaky toy as other bantam breeds! At around five weeks, I begin looking at their combs. While their fur-like feathers are different from other chickens, it’s super soft and very fluffy to touch. Lastly, I’d like to share an old video of a chicken making distressing noises. The boys will also begin to develop a bump that is circular in the middle of the comb. This bump will become larger as the chick grows. All chickens will run for cover. We have had many chickens including silkie before. Silkie Chicks make the best pets ;-) Gold Coast, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Although they won’t keep you in eggs, they will supply you will lots of love, smiles and cuddles. No streamers growing from the back of the head. They are small, smart and gentle. In fact, although many breeders have selectively bred this broodiness out of other chicken breeds in order to maximize egg production, Silkies have been raised exclusively for this characteristic. Do silkie roosters make alot of noise??? Would this be more trouble than it's worth? December 7, 2017 at 11:09 pm. Less scientifically sound beliefs included giving Silkies to women as restoratives immediately following childbirth. She is very small, even for a silkie but she is very loud and bossy Janet Garman says. Silkie chickens have several unique genetic and behavioral traits that make them stand out from other chicken breeds. In addition to the fuzzy feathers that make them so unique, the roosters also have long, pointy saddle and hackle feathers. 289-213-7571 Favourite. They are her favorites and we prefer females and 1 male if you do sex them. The black silkie chicken is particularly popular. It's adorable, but it is CONSTANT. They tolerate heat reasonably well. This bump will become larger as the chick grows. Maybe have pix? Silkie chicks are notoriously hard to sex. Looking to buy 3 or 4, please contact me by text or email. Silkie plumage was once unique among chicken breeds, however in recent years silkie feathering has been developed in several breeds, mostly notably the Chabo, where it is now standardised in Britain and the Netherlands. Recipes abound for this breed of chicken, and it is considered a delicacy in some parts of Asia. When they become bonded to their owners they can be described as ‘dog-like’ in their devotion. It is no secret that Silkies are the labrador retrievers of chickens. It was coming from inside the coup. At first I thought it was an owl it even sounded like the same register. The breed has many other uncommon characteristics from each foot, like black skin or bones, blue earlobes, or five toes, while the majority of chickens have only 4. Animals. Hello, I am looking to buy some white silkie chicks for/around christmas for my mother. Very sweet birds, just dumber than a stump. The Silkie chicken always brings a smile to peoples’ faces. And one of the 5 boys I had was also a silkie. Vent sexing only works on chicks 1-2 days old. https://silkie.org/how-do-you-know-if-your-chickens-are-happy.html It says “There a raptor in the sky. Sort by reaction score Thread starter MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast; Start date Jun 19, 2011 ••• More options Who Replied? Scaly Leg mite (Cnemidocoptes mutans) Scaly Leg Mite is a parasite common to many silkies, and may be due in part to the leg feathering making them a more attractive option than a clean legged bird. Looking to buy 3 or 4, please contact me by text or email. Jun 19, 2011. Rounded tail with few hard feathers; Comparatively small comb and wattles. Their feathers lack functioning barbicels, and are thus similar to down on other birds. Run for cover!” Help me calls. Health Issues; Feeding; Coop Setup and Roaming; Breed History; Silkie Chicken Pictures; Frequently Asked Questions; Summary ; Silkie Chicken Overview. I am mystified as to what to do. After that, the chick's lower digestive tract will distend from eating an growing, blocking the sex organ from view. Air raid-A loud warning sound made typically by a rooster. $30.00 Silkie chicks City of Toronto 06/12/2020. In fact, while the feathers don’t provide much protection from the cold, they DO make the silkie a great choice for a pet chicken since c hildren adore the fine feathers that resemble the down on chicks. If you have kids or simply enjoy rare and unique chicken breeds, our Silkies belong in your coop! Egg Laying: Good (3/week, 100-130/year) Egg Color: Cream or Tinted Egg Size: Small Unique Feature: Fluffy Feathers, Crested, Bearde & 5 Toes. Everything I read has always told me that usually, silkies in particular, aren't that loud yet that is not what I have experienced. Silkie chicken meat has been eaten as a soup for it's believed medicinal qualities since the 7th century. They also have black skin, bones and dark meat. I notice that the comb tends to be wider on the males and more narrow on the females. At around five weeks, I begin looking at their combs. Would love to read their minds... Dec 9, 2018 #10 KellyReed In the Brooder. Sexing Juvenile Silkie Chickens - here's where it gets tricky! Silkie FAQs: Origin: China. This chicken sound is the alarm cackle: They didn’t like the pig in their barn lol . My chicks are 4 weeks old now and thriving! I notice that the comb tends to be wider on the males and more narrow on the females. 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