Farming forum: Anyone else have Silkie or Showgirl chickens?

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MsDoolittle
Oct 31, 2011 7:48 AM CST
Just wondering if there are any other Silkie/Showgirl chicken owners on the board. My first eggs from my Showgirl/Silkie crosses are hatching today. Hurray! These guys are just too cute. I'd like to add some more lines to what I have already. My Silkies are just hatchery stock, but actually pretty nice, especially the partridge colors.

Any other fuzzy chicken lovers out there?

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2011 8:31 AM CST
All I have is plain old utility breeds.
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MsDoolittle
Oct 31, 2011 8:37 AM CST
I have those, too...hard not to, isn't it? What do you have? We have a Leghorn, a few red sex-links, Barred/White/Buff Rocks, a Buff Orp, one Naked Neck, and some bantam breeds. Can't have just one, that's for sure!!!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Our current coop population consists of Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, Minorcas, and two Jersey Giants. They give a nice multi-colored collection of eggs.
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tabby
Oct 31, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Szechuan (now deceased)

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Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Oct 31, 2011 2:39 PM CST
I had a little grouse clucking around the yard one year. She adopted us for about a month and then moved on. I don't really like chickens and there are enough people around who do so I get my eggs at the feed mill. Right now the boxes have brown eggs and green eggs, lovely combination.

Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2011 2:52 PM CST
I had 2 little white silkie chicks, grew them up. They were supposed to be both pullets.. nope, one was a rooster. Funny crow. Found new homes for them soon after the boy started to realize he was a boy. I'm going to get more next year. It was great watching them grow from these little bitty poofyballs to bigger poofyballs. I actually kept them in the house (separate room from everywhere else) because it was way too cold for them outside.
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MsDoolittle
Nov 7, 2011 10:36 AM CST
Szechuan! I love it. Good looking bird, too. :0) As far as sexing Silkies goes, it is notoriously difficult (if not impossible...even professional chicken sexers don't do it; that's why you get Silkies as straight-run only). I can make a pretty good educated guess with hatchlings; males tend to be larger and females are pretty petite, but not always. They mature very slowly and it's usually about 5-6 months along that you can finally see the difference.

Anyway, we had 4 hatch out on Halloween, and then 8 hatched out day before yesterday. I was very excited to have some 'super poofs' with big topknots in that batch. :0) I also have a nice color mix. No plain white birds! Always fun to see what hatches.
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coconut
Dec 1, 2011 11:26 AM CST
I had two Cochin Bantams until one pecked the other to death, booo. My favorite of the pair, too. Booo again.

You cannot punish a chicken.

I'm considering getting some chickens that are 'free range' chickens, there are several breeds.

I would like more Bantam Cochins like the one that died, but 'they don't make them', I found once I started looking. She was a blue, but not dark, a very lovely pale smoky grey color. I know she was a blue because she moulted once, and her pin feathers came in the most amazing color of mettalic turquoise!

Why are the breeders all always sold out?

Here a photo of the murderer, craning her neck trying to be a giraff, or something. She's called Pencilled.


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taynors
Feb 5, 2012 7:54 AM CST
mine are no showgirls but i have a pair of silkies
these are blue splashed
these are my dd 4 H project.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 5, 2012 8:20 AM CST
Pretty birds! How do they see where they're going? I've never had Silkies; all my chickens are working girls.
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taynors
Feb 5, 2012 3:34 PM CST
I have no idea how they see porkpal LOL
these are our first show birds for our 4 H
so it is all new to me .
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Trishann
Feb 13, 2012 1:35 PM CST
I have 2 buff, 5 white and 3 blues, I have an order for some self blue, gray and a couple more blues that will be ready to pick up Mar. 21. I can't wait to get them!! I love my little fuzzy butts!! This is when they were about 1 1/2 months old.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 13, 2012 2:18 PM CST
It's chicks season! I just got notification that one of my local feed stores will start having chicks.. I'm going to pick up 6 white silkies again. I love 'em.. they're so damned CUTE!!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 13, 2012 2:45 PM CST
These are Silkies, right? Lol! .....Mom's elderly flock.
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My outdoor birds are turkeys. Lovey dubby Personable critters, they are!




Sue, I luv yours! Now those are some cute chickens!



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taynors
Feb 14, 2012 10:25 AM CST
i want turkeys ! they are so fun to have around.
well i missed the cut off date for our 4 H so i can't breed my silkee hen. duh . what was i thinking ?
to many hosta on the brain i guess LOL
i was told that silkee don't lay very well ? cuz mine lays an egg everyday ?
i need to clean out my brooder and get her in there in case she wants to go broody and i can hatch out other chics with her.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 14, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Congratulations on your productive hen! From what I've heard, Silkies are often broody. Some breeders keep Silkie hens just to hatch out eggs from their other birds.
Porkpal
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 14, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Hmmm, interesting thought, Porkpal.

If I get turkey eggs and young momma turkey isn't in the mood, maybe I can set one under each broody Silkie. I wonder how big those turkey eggs will be....I have a mental image of a tiny white fluffy bird perched way a'top a too big egg. Hilarious!
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 14, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Chelle - LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL that'd be hilarious! If you do it, you *gotta* take video.. it'd go viral!

I've figured out how I'm going to build my outdoor coop when the weather cooperates enough for them to go outside, but for the most part my little ones (right now I'm getting 6 SR white silkies) will be living in the basement (don't worry, my master bedroom is in the basement so the babies will actually be no more than 10ft from my bed!) until it warms up enough for them to go outside. I did this last year with 2 and it worked out just fine. Smiling So I'm going to do 6. I'm keeping them in a huge Rubbermaid tote w/heat lamp, scratch, & waterer (changed daily). I also put down about 3" of shavings so they don't have to walk around on the bottom of the tote. On nice days I may put them in a massive birdcage outside so they can enjoy outside (supervised). But it'd have to be above 70deg for that and, seeing I'm not gonna see that for months & months, I don't plan that too much. I don't know how long I'll be keeping them until I sell them off. But, luckily there's always call for silkies! Maybe I'll get a young turkey too & raise it for dinner...
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Feb 14, 2012 12:12 PM CST
I don't want to hijack the Silkie thread, so I started a turkey thread. Toni, I'm carrying your last thought over....

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