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.
An updated collection of chicken keeping articles from across the web archived in one convenient library on our menu bar.
September 7, 2015
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Poultry House | Cornell Small Farms Program
4 Fabulously Long-Tailed Chickens – Hobby Farms
Chicken Scaly Leg Mite – Easy Treatment at Home
Are your chicks ready to leave the brooder? | The Scoop from the Coop
Will My Dog and Chickens Get Along? – Hobby Farms
What to Feed Chickens in Winter – Animals – GRIT Magazine
DIY Sprouted Fodder for Livestock – The Happy Homesteader – MOTHER EARTH NEWS
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms
This Week’s Feature Article
Preparing The Coop And Chickens For Winter
by oldworldgarden | Life in the Garden
The chill of Fall is definitely upon us here in Ohio – and unfortunately – that means Ol’ Man Winter is right around the corner… Continue Reading
Sharing a Little Chicken Humor…
Update on the Silkie chicks. Lost Henny, one of the white chicks to unknown causes. Too bad because I was really needing two white pullets. Now I’m down to one and I’m 99% sure that one is a rooster. Just goes to show, no matter how good we think we are at sexing chicks, we can so easily stand corrected, especially when it comes to Silkies!
These chicks will be in the only brooder I have until they are 7-8-wks. Either I get another brooder, be creative in dividing the current one, or wait until late Fall to get those white babies. Chicken keeping, every day offers something new to think about… and it’s all fun.