You may have heard the Silkie Bantam is only a fair egg layer, but is this really a fair statement? Perhaps they get a bad rap because they’re often broody which interrupts egg production. True, but in my opinion, this incredible bird should be considered a master of two jobs. I give them five stars for their dedication to motherhood, and here’s their generous contribution to the breakfast menu. Not bad, not bad at all!
My Silkies lay every other day on average, with little change during our mild Arizona winters. There are six birds in my flock over the age of four and are still producing at the same rate. As far as I’m concerned, a chicken’s production decreasing after the age of two years has not proven true on our little farm.
But there are always exceptions…
Meet Fern, this little lady doesn’t lay eggs at all, ever! Hatched in 2012, isn’t interested in setting on eggs, and has never gone broody. But no worry, there’s still a job for her here as a bug eater. She’s also valuable as a warm body to the others on those occasional cold winter nights.
The Sebright is a very small, beautiful, rose-combed bantam, usually with laced feathers. They are a purely ornamental breed, very popular as pets and with hobbyists as show birds. While usually quite friendly with people, they are very active and very good flyers and need to be confined. Sebrights are a ‘true’ bantam, not coming in a standard sized variety… Continue Reading
Peaches, my best Silkie Momma is sitting on five Cochin Bantam eggs, looking forward to the big day when they hopefully all hatch! TBN Ranch is still zoned for livestock in the city of Phoenix, however ordinances prohibit roosters. We follow the rules, but this means I have to buy fertile eggs. Good and bad, good that I can choose eggs from quality breeding stock, bad that I often have to travel to do so.
Yesterday we drove over an hour to purchase fertile cochin eggs! I’m not complaining, we just feel blessed to still have one of the few ranches left in our fast growing area. Eight of eleven ranches here have sold to business complexes and master planned housing developers over the last ten years. We’ve recently been informed TBN Ranch may be the next target for the expansion of an existing master planned community across the road. Not happening.
Back on topic… So, we are expecting baby chicks in about three weeks, how exciting! It’s been very hot here, July averaged about 106. However, the new barn has done it’s job keeping our flock comfortable. There is plenty of shade in both the coop and where the broody hens are housed. We had a little problem with mites early in the month, but that unpleasant issue has been resolved. I treated the whole flock even though only one bird had signs of mites. I’m happy to say she’s already getting back her cute fluffy butt.
Peaches is in her own coop where she won’t be disturbed by the other hens. I’m pretty sure they’d try to steal her eggs, after all, they’re Silkies! All in good time ladies, around here we practice planned parenthood.
Super happy with how pretty this gal is turning out. This is my Randi, a 7 month old buff Silkie Bantam. She has managed with respect, to find her comfort zone among the existing flock. She is still banned from the hen house by the others, but Randi is quite content with her own home in an adjoining condo for singles only.