What is the difference between a silkie and a silkie bantam?

What is the difference between a silkie and a silkie bantam?

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What is the difference between a silkie and a silkie bantam?

Bantam chickens are smaller than normal-size chickens. Silkie chickens also have beautiful, soft, fluffy feathers which are unlike those of other hard-feathered poultry. Although some say these feathers resemble fur, they do not serve as a protectant for the bird.

How big do bantam Silkies get?

Weight of Bantam Silkies Silkies are fairly small, topping out at only eight to 14 inches tall. Males reach weights up to four pounds, while females tip the scales at only about three pounds. The American Standard of Perfection calls for fully grown roosters to weigh 36 ounces and hens to weigh 32 ounces.

Do silkie bantam chickens lay eggs?

Silkies are excellent layers of relatively large-sized bantam eggs, and unlike most other breeds, silkies will continue laying eggs throughout the winter because their fluffy feathers keep them warm and content.

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Do Silkies need special care?

Silkies generally require smaller coops than other chickens. They still need plenty of food and water, however. Other than that, these birds have relatively few requirements. As long as you keep them clean and healthy, they will live for up 7 years.

Can Silkie chickens survive winter?

They will be fine in freezing temperatures (even sub zero temperatures) so long as they have access to fresh water and stay dry. Some particulars may vary breed-to-breed, for instance Silkies and frizzle-feathered chickens are less cold hardy.

When can Silkies go outside?

If the temperatures outside remain above 65?F (18?C) and the chicks are at least 6 weeks old, I think it’s safe to say that they can move into the coop without supplemental heat. Most chicks can leave the safety and warmth of the brooder at 6 – 8 weeks of age.

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Can you keep Silkies with other chickens?

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).

At what age do Silkies start laying?

However, silkies do lay between 80 and 120 eggs per year, and can be encouraged to lay frequently. 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.

Are silkies hard to keep alive?

Silkies like all other chickens require a certain amount of care to keep them happy and healthy, and while they are not a high-maintenance breed, because of their delicate and substantial feathering, they do need a little extra attention to keep them looking super smart and sassy.

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Do silkies get picked on?

Yes – even though they look different, Silkies are quiet flock members, and get along well with other chickens. Because they’re docile, you might find your Silkies are picked on more than your other flock members – just keep an eye out, and separate if any issues arise.

How much space do silkies need?

Plan four square feet of run area per bantam Silkie; eight to ten square feet for heavier Silkies. Provide perches. Chickens like to roost sleeping with their feet off the ground. An old wooden ladder can work for large birds.

Do Silkies need nesting boxes?

Do Silkie Chickens Need Nesting Boxes? Silkie chickens are just like any other breed of chicken and should to be provided with a nesting box to lay eggs in. If you don’t provide her with a nesting box, she will seek out secluded areas to lay her eggs and you may find yourself going on an egg hunt to find her eggs.

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Do Silkies like to free range?

Silkies are relatively calm and peaceful birds. Like most chickens they do enjoy free ranging, but this needs to be done under supervision since they are such easy prey for predators. A fully enclosed area to keep out hawks would be best since their vision can be impaired by their head feathers.

What is the life expectancy of a Silkie chicken?

Silkies are a surprisingly hardy breed. You can expect them to live for seven to nine years on average. Their long lifespan may be due to their low egg laying capabilities. This means that because they lay eggs less often, they experience less strain on their body.

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How hot is too hot for Silkie chickens?

Silkies can tolerate some heat, but they can’t tolerate extreme heat. Some chicken keepers said that their Silkies get stressed when the temperatures raise over 80 degrees. So, if you have Silkies, you’ll definitely want to keep them in an insulated coop, and consider using fans or even an air conditioner.

What do Silkie chickens like to eat?

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.

Do Silkies need heat in winter?

I found out that I was wrong about the heat, but not wrong that Silkies require special winter care. Despite feathers that look like fur, and twisted feathers like those on this Bantam Frizzle Polish, these birds don’t need heat.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane
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proud mom of Baby, and i am an animal lover as I have at home a cat, a dog, a fish tank, birds… This diversity makes me special because I provide many answers to your questions that increase your knowledge about your pets friends. I have 7 years of experience working with pets. i hope you enjoy our tips.