Three Silkies and one Millie Fleur d’Uccle at one month, and six weeks old.
At Six Weeks…
Keeping these gals in the brooder a bit longer, probably until at minimum, eight weeks. Silkies seems to mature a bit slower than other breeds. The Mille Fleur up front is nicely feathered, but the Silkie behind still has open areas lacking fluff. Temps are mild here during the day, around mid 70’s, but at night temps drop to about 48. Still a little chilly for the Silkies in my opinion.
The chicks are in a large draft free brooder inside a shed with radiant heat available to them. The large double doors are open during the day, closed at night. The window provides natural light, preparing them for the transition to the coop. I do however provide a night light the first three weeks. The shed is insulated and heated, but the heat is rarely used, unless the chicks are really young or the temps drops below 60… which is almost never. Gotta love Arizona!
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The Silkies are 6 weeks old and ready to leave the brooder. They’ve been raised in an insulated shed with natural light, and their only source of heat was radiant heat from the Brinsea Brooder.
Night temperatures were between 48 and 55 degrees, and although I veered from the golden rule of keeping the brooder at 95 the first week and lowering the temperature by five degrees each week, my chicks showed no signs of discomfort. I usually don’t move chicks from the brooder until 7 or 8 weeks, but being kept in cooler conditions they must have feathered quicker.
Here they are, Fanny, Jo, Pat, and Randi. Happy, healthy, thriving youngsters in their new coop. Which ones will stay or end up in the sale pen will be a question answered when they’re about 6 months old. This breed is nearly impossible to sex, so the only sure way is to wait for the eggs, or hear the crowing.
Note: Remember to acclimate your chicks to cooler weather if they are being raised inside your house (not recommended). Chicks raised under a heat lamp and kept at a consistent temperature may take a week or two longer to fully feather.