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#1 tractormike OFFLINE  

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 10:40 PM

We have started a small flock of chickens in the backyard. Last august we got 8 silkie chickens and one frizzle chicken, all day old bantam chicks. We lost one early on but the others have done well. We got straight run chicks and have 3 roosters and 5 hens. I built a chicken coop in the backyard and bought a 12 foot round wire corn crib and cut it down to 8 foot high sidewalls and use that as a gazebo/chicken run. Today we got our first 4 eggs from the hens. Banty chicken eggs are quite small, you would probably need a dozen to make one omlet!
Silkie chickens are prone to going " broody" and make very good mothers and love to sit on eggs and hatch them.
This is a picture of our coop .coop 002.JPG
The corn crib is to the left of the coop

Here are a couple of pictures of the chickens when they were about 3 1/2 months old

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 11:13 PM

I have some silkies also, I have some crossed with a silver bright,I like banty eggs pickled. It seems the pickling brine goes through them much better then my extra large eggs. Thanks for the pictures! Shawn

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 11:15 PM

:smilewink: Next thing you know , we will be calling you ,Chicken Tractor Mike! :smilewink:

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for sharing those photos,Mike.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 05:44 PM

Nice looking coop and chickens. Thanks for the pictures Mike.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 09:22 PM

I have a friend who raises chickens. He's also a member here, but isn't on frequently. He has several different varieties of bird and I can't tell the difference between them LOL. He sends eggs home with me on occasion and they're very colorful! I thought this thread would be a good place to post a pic.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Our silkies have produced 14 eggs so far since they started laying. They will be 6 months old the end of the month.

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Ive had silkies but they are to normal for me lol. I love my birds. Most have been rehomed. Predators cleared me out. Im in the process of rebuilding coops and such. I guess the ducks and geese will be back next year. They migrated a few weeks ago.

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