Oh cool ! I've been thinking about breeding my silkies. But they are all from the same hatch, so I don't think I can breed them together. And to top that I know barley nothing when it comes to chickens, but my sister's friend that sold me the Silkies might be able to teach me a few things. And my Silkies have names now!
The biggest one is called "Einstein" and the two smaller ones that follow him around are called "Experiment 1" and "Experiment 2"
I have LOADS of pictures of Miss Texas, but I have no way to post photos here anymore, every uploading site doesn't work for me anymore and the forum's up loader says I have "Exceeded my limit"...
I have so many photos to share of my new Cat, my new car, the new rescue horse living here, and a growing Texas, plus my silkies. But it has decided not to let me upload anymore...
Texas is 6 months old this month..
I think my mare is pregnant, its still a bit early to tell, if she was pregnant she would only be 5-ish months along, and she has her big fluffy winter fluff on now so its a bit hard haha.
My sister called yesterday, she said her friend called telling her that she accidentally hatched Frizzles, and we can buy them. So in a few hours I will have 2, three day old Frizzle chicks!
I don't think breeding related chickens is as big a deal as horses. Also, do not breed Frizzles to Frizzles. It messes up their feathers.
As for your mare, you should be able to put your arms around her belly after she has started eating. You should feel the baby bumping your arms or hands. Make sure your hands are right in front of her bag. You can feel baby sometimes at five to six months along.
If your mare is only about 5 or 6 months along, you'll probably only feel a "flutter" of movement during meal time.
We have a silly hen who escaped the chicken pen/run awhile ago and began laying on a pile of eggs. So far ONE has hatched. We moved mom, chick, and the eggs
into the barn under a heat lamp. She has separated out some of the eggs to sit on and is ignoring the rest. I'm assuming SHE knows which are viable and which aren't, but haven't brought myself to removing the pushed out ones yet. The chick is several days old now and doing fine. (The dad is a big black standard cochin.)
You can collect fertile eggs from a hen and hatch them in an incubator. Most hens will lay an egg daily during the months of the year with the most day light, they taper off in winter and take a break during molting. If you keep a roo with your hens, then most of her eggs will be fertile (no rooster, no chicks). They only keep for about a week, then hatchability decreases drastically. I keep my eggs no more than 5 days before hatching, they should be kept in a cool dry and dark place and be rotated twice a day until being incubated. Storing them until you get a clutch together to hatch sort of suspends the animation a bit so they hatch around the same time. If you put each one in the incubator every day with others in progress then they will hatch far apart and most likely contaminate the other eggs and kill them. If using a cabinet incubator it is different, but they are very expensive, so most people use a box type. Once incubation begins, they need to be kept at the right humidity and temp and be rotated every few hours (I love my automated egg turners). 3 days before the anticipated hatch date, stop turning and after hatching, once dry, place chicks in a brooder. I kept silkies with my cochins years ago, got 1 frizzle roo out of 6 cochin chicks (not all inherit the frizzle gene) and everything my silkie roo crossed with that we hatched came out naked necked like the "show girl silkies" so I gave them all away as I thought they were ugly, like a defective dr. Seuss creation. I liked my silkies, they would hatch a golf ball if u put it under them, they did not tolerate the hot weather though. That was a challenge. Enjoy them.
I have 12 now.... Everyone just keeps getting them for me!
This one is from my cousin. Her friend owned 2. Then they got a puppy, it killed one of the chickens so they decided to giveaway the other one. So my cousin jumped right in and bought her straight to me haha.
Shes a brown Silkie, apparently she has just gotten clucky