IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW.....
All chicks and chickens thrive best in a clean, dry environment. Clean water and high protein food is essential. Also critical is keeping the newly hatched chick's bottom end clean. Check each chick two or three times daily. My chicks start out on Medicated chick feed and dry alfalfa leaf. (I sneak it from my horses). I continue to feed free choice alfalfa leaf throughout their lives as it such a wonderful source of vitamins and protein. At four months, my chicks are switched to regular chicken feed. At about 8 weeks, I also give treats such as grapes, tomatoes, squash, and things too numerous to mention. A Google search of “chicken treats” will give you hundreds of ideas of things that you may already have in your refrigerator. It's always wise to go easy on treats.
Www.backyardchickens.com is a wonderful website for chicken information. The webpage below has some excellent information on chick raising:
There are a few things that make Silkies unique from other chickens.
First of course is that they have silkied feathers which are beautiful and wonderful to pet, but they don’t shed water and so they should not be allowed out in the rain if it’s cold or in a pen where the rain can blow in on them.
Second - Quality Silkies have large crests that can become a visibility and an irritation problem usually around 10 weeks. I trim above and especially below the eyes with baby nail scissors. Look for feathers that curl into the eye. It is not difficult and only needs to be done about every 3 months.
Third - Silkies have a tender head as they often do not have a hard skull. They should be protected from things like a peck on the head from a larger breed chicken. Also, if startled they will sometimes fly straight up and because they can’t see above them they can hit a sharp edge or corner of wood, etc. This can cause a serious head injury and a condition called "wry neck." Keep this in mind when designing their pen. Thin foam can be added to the edge of a board if you think it’s in an unsafe place in their pen.
Fourth - Most Silkies do not roost. They prefer to sleep in a big pile. They most likely will not climb a narrow ramp without training. You can put treats on the ramp to encourage them to climb. They also prefer wider ramps.
I find that holding my Silkies on a towel while I watch TV is the best way to tame them. They all quickly fall asleep in your lap at every age while you pet them. They will often become as tame as a puppy.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I hope you love your Silkies as much as I love mine.
Twin Oaks Ranch
15535 Caliente Creek Rd
Caliente, CA 93518
Twin Oaks Ranch Retreat is now accepting weekend reservations
for the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2014.
(We require a $200 deposit to hold any particular weekend.)