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When will she start laying?

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#1 Bubblz

Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:48 PM

We rescued a silky chick from a farm stay we went to in July 2010 and she was about 1-2 weeks' old then (someone stepped on her and damaged her leg, farmer thought it was broken and asked if we'd like her as they'd probably just kill it  ohmy.gif ).  She is absolutely fine now.

She isn't pure silky and in fact looks exactly the same as our 5 Isa Browns except she has a llittle beard thing going on at the side of her face.

She's the same age as our IB's but doesn't have a comb yet, unlike the IB's.  She's slightly smaller though.  I wouldn't be surprised if the father was an IB, though the farmer didn't know.

I'm 99% sure she isn't laying and as she's a cross I know it's hard to say but I know silkies are usually around the 8 month mark so she could be a while off yet.

Does anyone have experience with a cross silky and egg laying and when and if it's likely to happen?


#2 Bami

Posted 03 January 2011 - 07:05 AM


Do you have a photo of your chicken you could upload? Also, if you can't find your answer here you could ask on Backyard Poultry, it's a great forum.

#3 Bubblz

Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:56 AM

Not a recent one but I'll take one and upload it as soon as I can.

Thanks for the website too  original.gif

#4 Bubblz

Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:51 PM

She laid her first egg today and it had a pale green shell! ohmy.gif

#5 TheGreenSheep

Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:06 AM

Wow that sounds like an interesting egg!
Has she laid more like that?

#6 Nut

Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:15 PM

She's Araucana rather than Silky then.

Araucanas are typically small chickens and have the fluff at the side of their beaks. And lay pale green or blue eggs. They also don't have much of a comb, just the colouring around their nostrils.

I have a lavender splash araucana original.gif

A good way to gauge when they are laying is the colour of their comb (or the bit above the nose). If it's really red, they are laying or not far off it.

I have three breeds of chicken. Araucana who lays the blue eggs, Australorp lays darker brown and black laced Wyandotte who lays light brown original.gif

#7 Bubblz

Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (TheGreenSheep @ 13/01/2011, 09:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow that sounds like an interesting egg!
Has she laid more like that?

Yes three so far and all the same colour.

QUOTE (Nut @ 13/01/2011, 01:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She's Araucana rather than Silky then.

She's definitely part silky as we saw her with the mother.  Unless she mistakenly sat on another chickens egg?

She looks exactly like an Isa Brown apart from the fluffy beard!

#8 Crinkle cut

Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:38 PM

Chickens sit on each others eggs all the time.  They will even hatch duck eggs for you.

ETA:  Silkiesd are known to be really good brooders, so many backyard poultry fanciers keep them as brooders.  They don't lay much.  So I'd say there is a great chance the silky is not your chicken's mum, just her brooder.

Edited by ~maryanne~, 13 January 2011 - 08:40 PM.

#9 Crinkle cut

Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:44 PM

Another edit  rolleyes.gif  Silkies have an extra toe, and that gene is dominant.  So check her toes.  They also have blue skin ( yep, even the white ones!)

#10 Nut

Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:08 PM

She would have to be part Araucana as Silkies don't lay blue eggs.

#11 Bubblz

Posted 15 January 2011 - 07:53 PM

QUOTE (~maryanne~ @ 13/01/2011, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another edit  rolleyes.gif  Silkies have an extra toe, and that gene is dominant.  So check her toes.  They also have blue skin ( yep, even the white ones!)

I did notice that actually, she only has 4 toes and her skin is yellow.

Looks like silky mummy got some extras!

QUOTE (Nut @ 13/01/2011, 11:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She would have to be part Araucana as Silkies don't lay blue eggs.

I think you are right.  I googled the Araucana eggs and that's what hers look like.  I've just googled the chickens too and she has the same characteristics.

Thanks for solving that mystery! biggrin.gif  

#12 Nut

Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

You'll love them. My little lady is surprisingly my best layer. I bought her more for fun.

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