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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:17 pm 
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hello
today was the local festival thing down here
and there was a petting zoo i was excited to see little chicks and ducklings
but when i saw how they were looked after i wasnt excited
they had little day old chicks and ducklings running around with little kids squeezing and tredding on them, it was cold and windy and they were freezing.
the white ducklings were filthy
and their water was dirty
there were some really cute black silkie chicks running around and i realllyy wanted one.
so i went and got mum and when we got there the cow was standing on this poor duckling which was almost dying, wouldnt suprise me if it had a broken foot or something now.


anyway so mum got mad, and i bought two silkie chicks for $30.

i dont know how old they are so it would be great if you can tell me so i know if they need to be under heat and if they still need chick starter. i do have them on starter crumbles and under heat now just in case.

also if its not too early any ideas on their gender?

and on one of their heads there some weird crusty stuff it was hard to get a photo.


chick one:
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chick two:
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and should i give them a bath they seem a bit dirty

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:21 pm 
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hiya rylie,

um, caladenia or someone could probably give you a fairly close age, i wouldnt think theyd need the heat now as they seem to have quite a few feathers, but it wont hurt them... :)

they need the chick started for the first 8 weeks, um, they kinda look a bit younger than that in my opinion... :|

i wouldnt worry about bathing them, unless theyre really crusty on the legs and feet, they will drrop those feathers pretty quickly anyway... :wink:

well done for giving them a nice home!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:24 pm 
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They should be OK off heat. I think they are older than 6 weeks. Very cute looking. The conditions for keeping them in sound pretty awful. If there are going to be petting things then the kids and animals need to be really closely supervised. I'm not good at sexing silkies so better wait for someone more knowledgable to come along for that!
I wouldn't bath them unless they are really putrid! They have probably had enought shocks for a while!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:36 pm 
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i don't think they desperately need a bath a will probably wait until they get a bit older,
it was so sad, they had all these fantail doves and the ducks were attacking them.
there were a few pregnant guinea pigs .. like the world needs more guinea pigs!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:01 pm 
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I think chick 1 is a boy.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:20 pm 
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i agree with nz pouter unfortunately, the 1st ines has a large comb that looks identical to my boys at about 8 week old. SORRY!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:32 am 
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I agree the 1st one looks like a boy. If its anything like the petting zoo that comes to our local show, they are lucky you saved them! Never enough supervision :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:25 am 
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no not enough supervision at all, one man and one lady to 50 kids.
they should make it educational not just let the kids go wild in there.

anyway thats a shame its looking boy. do you need a better photo of the other ones comb?

i had a rooster for 10 years without complaint, then we got an awfully loud sussex and the complaints started, then we got rid of him and kept our other quiet rooster and they still complained.
if hes a boy i will give him a go other wise he will have to find a new home :(


any ideas on the ages?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:25 am 
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My opinion is chick one is a boy and eight to twelve weeks old. Chick two is probably a boy also by he development of the head feathers, would know for sure if we clearly saw the comb in a photo.

They have too much feather in the wings to be good silkie types so that plus the fact they are males is probably the reason they were is the kid chicken trampling championship arena.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:56 pm 
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thanks guys.

here is a pic of chick number one again:
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and here is chick two's comb:
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so you think they could really be 12 weeks old?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:27 pm 
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Oh, the poor things. I'm so glad you saved them. If I went to a place like that, I'd start screaming and probably end up taking all of their chickies and ducklings off them. (EXPENSIVE!) If you really want to know the sex, there are alot of silkie experts around and I'd ask them. I know caladenia's pretty good with silkies, so maybe ask her. I have no idea what age they could be, but they could be boys. (just a guess, don't belive me) :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:14 pm 
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if i had the money i would have taken everything and found homes
if anyone wants some ducklings i can tell you the name of the place
wouldnt want to post it on here though, i dont want to name and shame.

pitty they are both boys, but thats just the way things go i guess

caladenia are you out there, i need your help!
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You may find it helpful to have a browse through the Index. Wherever a chicks's age has been stated I have included it beside the link to the thread. There are quite a few Silkie threads featured. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:39 am 
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thank you cackles, you do a great job with the index very helpful.

i'm still not sure on the age.

i have some 8 week old chicks i put out on the lawn for a little while each day.

do you think i should let the silkies out for a while, they would be separate from the other chicks.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:39 pm 
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chick no 1 could be a girl, its hard to say without seeing their whole body form. as to their age i wouldn't put them much more than 8 weeks old..............they are not properly feathered up yet.

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