How long do silkie chickens live as pets?
7-9 years Species Name: Gallus domesticus Temperament: Friendly, gentle, talkative, intelligent Color Form: Black, blue, gold, red, gray, buff, partridge Lifespan: 7-9 years Size: 8-14 inches tall, 2-3 pounds.
Are silkie chickens hard to keep alive?
Silkies aren’t hard to keep alive, but they need special attention and care. These fluffy birds make adorable pets, and children love to keep them because they’re warm and cuddly. Special attention should be given to the feathers to make sure that the chickens are feeling more comfortable.
Do silkie chickens get lonely?
Like other species of chicken, Silkie chickens should not live alone for extended periods. Like other types of chickens, Silkies thrive best when they have a group of chickens where they can flock together for company, warmth, and comfort.
How long do silkie chickens lay eggs?
Silkies will generally consistently lay their eggs for two years or so, then gradually their production will start to decline. A hen won’t simply one day stop laying eggs altogether.
Do Silkies need special care?
Do Silkies need special care? Yes a little special care is required for Silkie chickens. The feathers wet easily and the birds can become chilled if this happens. The extra toes and feather feet can sometimes be an issue.
How much are silkie chickens worth?
The cost of a silkie can vary greatly depending on the quality of breeding. A ‘show worthy’ silkie can cost up to $100, but backyard adult silkies will go for around $25. The initial investment will cost around $300-1000 for a coop and a few birds and thereafter ongoing costs are around $7-10 per month per bird.
What do you feed silkies?
Feed your silkie chickens layer crumbles rather than pellets, as pellets are sometimes too large for silkies to eat. You can feed them a mash made of bran, grated apple and carrot mixed with meat meal and a little vegetable oil once or twice a week. Toss out table scraps such as vegetables and bread for your chickens.
Can you mix silkies with other chickens?
A: Yes, in most cases you can mix breeds of chicken in your flock. Interestingly, in our experience, Silkies usually get on well with other chicken breeds, despite their unusual plumage, presuming you have several (and not just one lone “different” bird).
Can silkies fly?
The fact that silkie chickens are unable to fly due to their fluffy plumage makes them the easiest of all chickens to keep as pets because they are that much easier to contain. Silkies are also known for their calm, friendly temperament, which makes them exceptionally great pets for homes that have children.
Do chickens miss their owners?
It’s natural for pet owners to want to know that their pets can feel an attachment to them and, indeed, show affection and even love, in return for the love that the owner shows to their pets. It’s not common for chickens to get attached to humans, however, they have been found to follow their owners from time to time.
Are silkies noisy?
Silkie hens are not any louder than any other breed. However, the roosters have a habit of crowing at the worst time, making it hard to sleep hard or angering your neighbors. Crowing is a natural part of owning chickens.
Do chickens feel sad when you take their eggs?
The simplest answer to this is ‘no’. Laying eggs is as instinctive to hens as perching and scratching. It’s something they need to do, but they are not doing it with thoughts of hatching chicks, and will leave their egg as soon as it has been laid.
Do Silkies like to cuddle?
Silkie chickens are famous for their docile, sweet and nurturing temperament. Silkies don’t mind getting up close and personal with their human friends, in fact, they quite like being cuddled, kissed and groomed, making them eggcellent pets for young children.
Can I eat Silkie chicken eggs?
Do Silkie Chickens Lay Eggs to Eat? Yes, a silkie chicken is considered a backyard chicken, and they lay white/cream-colored eggs that are safe to eat.
How old do Silkies start laying?
Make sure your chickens are old enough to lay. Silkies can start to lay at around 7 to 9 months of age, although some will not lay until they are much older. The older a silkie is when she begins to lay, the more eggs she is likely to produce.
How do silkies sleep?
Most silkies don’t roost. They sleep in a pile on the floor. It’s always preferable for hens to roost rather than sleep on the floor.
Do silkie chickens get sick?
Silkies in particular, are highly susceptible to Marek’s Disease. The percentage of illness and death in a flock can be anywhere from 1% to up to 50%. The clinical disease is typically seen between 6 weeks to 30 weeks of age. But Marek’s Disease can develop in older birds as well.
How do you keep silkies clean?
If your silkies get wet, dry them off with a towel before placing them inside a warm room or coop. Set off an area for dust baths. Silkies keep themselves clean naturally with dust baths. Make sure that a corner of their run or yard is bare dirt.