After a lot of searching, emailing and ringing local breeders looking for silky pullets, I finally found a lady up in Marulan with some chicks for sale. I originally didn’t want to get chicks because of the mucking around with heat lamps etc, but since it was the only way to get some silkies for the girls we decided to go for it.
We bought nine chicks, 4 for us and 5 for my mate Danny. Ours have been named Seraphina, Ro, Luciana and Molly (yes, Barbie movies are big in our house!). Turns out they’re not really that much hassle to look after.
First thing Hannah and Sarah wanted to do was draw pictures of the chicks, so they could show their grandparents and friends what they look like.
Rather than give them out to people, Sarah decided to turn her pictures into a book about chickens:
Do you have a contact for the woman in marulan? I live in Goulburn and have been trying to find silkies for my kids.
Cheryl, I’ve emailed you the contact details.
Hi I have also purchased 4 silkys for my 2 boys. They love them to death, but I am now a little concerned that I have 3 roosters and 1 hen. I purchased them from a breeder in Sydney for $10 each, 1 week old. They are now 8 weeks old. Does anyone know when you can tell roosters from hens, and how? What should I do if I do have 3 roosters?
Hi Steve. I had suspicions about one of our 4 silkies from about 8 or 10 weeks old. His comb and wattles were developing more than the other 3, and he was quite a bit bigger than them too.
By about 12 weeks or so he was trying to crow. It was pretty pathetic and sorrowful at first, but he soon hit his stride with a rousing cockadoodle-do! Once they crow there’s no longer any doubt.
Our council doesn’t allow roosters, so we had to get rid of him. We gave him to a patting zoo – they like silkies because they’re placid and attractive. It was good for the kids to see him going somewhere nice, too. Better than the alternative! 🙂
Oh, forgot to mention. Someone else I know bought two silkies from a local business, and one turned out to be a rooster. The business took him back and replaced him with a pullet of similar age, free of charge.
Once you confirm they’re roosters, I’d ring your breeder first and ask if they can replace them, or at least take them of your hands and do you a deal on some more pullets.
my mum got a adult pair for my son for christmas they are great, first morning at 5.30am the crowing started, to fix the problem we put them in a box at night covered with a sheet and get them up when we wake, it works a treat.
Awesome, I hope he enjoys them as much as we do ours. We tried a few things to stop the crowing, but in the end we only had partial success. Kiama council doesn’t allow roosters in residential areas, so we thought it best to re-home him before he became a problem.
Could you please pass on the contact details for the lady in Marulan? I am trying without luck to purchase a pair and would appreciate any information from anyone. Thanks.
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