Posts tagged ‘silkie’
This morning Willie-blue, the second largest silkie chicken, let out a crow while I stood in the coop calmly waiting. He got to spend his last day in the other pen munching on fresh greens and bugs while the girls remained on their pecked-down-to-nothing side of the pen. Beanie and her Daddy watched a few youtube videos about how to best kill a chicken and talked about the circle of life. She (opposite of how I thought she was going to react) was right there with Daddy every step of the process.
UPDATE: He wasn’t the only one!!!! There was another crow from the coop today! Booo!!!
Looks like Wed is going to be the day…My hubby works until then and the crowing was loud enough to wake me up this morning. So Tuesday is mission figure out which grey silkie is the roo. I think I may troll craigslist for people trying to get rid of roosters and off a few instead of setting up a whole roo-killing operation for my one little almost-big-enough-for-a-pot little boy. He’s a nice enough boy, isn’t mean to anybody. But we never wanted a rooster. And we do enjoy a good chicken dinner…even if it isn’t “Dinner”.
Most chickens look like the ones we find in grocery stores, but not Silkies. They’ve got black skin…and guess who is practicing his pathetic crow on a daily basis?
He had always been the biggest of our three Silkies so I can’t say that I’m surprised. What I’m still trying to figure out is if he is the only one. One of our Barred Rocks is a bit bigger than the other and (s)he has a slightly bigger comb than the other one. The rest of the girls(?) are doing really well. Here are some shots I took yesterday. Sorry for the lull in posting but it’s summer and I have three kids.
Now I suppose it’s just a waiting game to see if there are more crows before our backyard turns into a mobile slaughter house.
Mu hubby installed the new feeder (we still have the small one in there for Teeny Weenie) and roosts! It looks pretty good, even if it’s a tad crowded. My only fear is that the roosts are over the feeder…I don’t want them pooping directly into it. We’ll see how it goes, and may have to remodel our roost placement. I’ll take some shots tomorrow if it isn’t raining.
On a less than happy note Teeny Weenie, our midget silkie is still much much smaller than her silkie cousins, all born around the same time. She also has a strange tick, she waggles her head around quite a bit. I’m worried there may be something wrong with her brain…she still cheeps and eats and drinks. Have any of you heard of this type of thing?
At 5 weeks old our little chicks are really feathering out. The Barred Rocks are the biggest and I’ll give you one guess who is smallest…
They’re starting to show some real personality and even Dinner is growing on me.
A few of them figured out how to climb up into the apple tree and have been roosting away up there. It was pretty cute, one of the Rhode Island Reds did it first and then it was the hot thing for about five minutes, all but the silkies were trying there little clawed foot at it. My husband wonders if they’ll fly the coop climbing up so high into the tree…what do you think?
Now if they will just figure out how to get back into the coop by themselves I’ll be happy.