Silkie Chicks 5 Weeks Old

Girls? Well, I have my doubts. Silkies are a new breed for me, so I’m having to rely on those who can better identify the early characteristics of their gender. According to the Silkie forum on backyardchicken.com (the chicken bible,) there is good reason to question the accuracy of my female sexed chicks from My Pet Chicken.

I’ll wait and see, until then, I will enjoy watching them grow and try not to worry that I may not be able to keep them all. Buying sexed Silkie Bantams is a gamble, so I’m wondering…

Will I be Lucky?

BB Flock 5 wks Oct 2013 3

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Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies

If you are only interested in egg production than you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies.  Broody hens can be troublesome, so if your not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid.

Orpington

Standard Size Breeds
• Buff Rocks
• Cochins
• Buff Orpingtons
• Dark Cornish
• Light Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Turkens
• Buff Brahmas

 

Bantams
• Silkies
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams