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    • CommentAuthorrshaskinini
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 7:26pm (Oct 12th 2010)
    Hi everyone.
    Ive hatched some Silkies over the summer and I have been told that their 'feathers' are not water proof. I have an outside aviary with a flight and an internal dry shelter. If the Silkies are in the flight and it rains they will get wet. Do I keep them 'indoors' throughout the winter and rainy periods or are they clever enough to escape to the dry quarters?
    Thanks for your help on this.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 8:45pm (Oct 12th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Leave them too it, it won't do them any harm. As long as they have shelter available, let them make their own decision as to whether they want to be inside or not (although as you can see from the pic below, some silkies just love the rain!)

    The only time I would say different is if they were young, say under 16 weeks old. You say you hatched them this summer; if they are still young girls you might want to keep them dry when it rains until they are a little older.

    Enjoy your silkies!
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 11:13pm (Oct 12th 2010)
    That picture is fab!!!! He does NOT look amused - someone's in for a pecking!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2010 5:02pm (Oct 13th 2010)
    That pic demonstrates perfectly the saying 'as miserable as a wet hen'!
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2010 10:15pm (Oct 13th 2010)
    Haven't heard that one before CC, but think I'll be using it in future!
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2010 1:40pm (Oct 14th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenThat pic demonstrates perfectly the saying 'as miserable as a wet hen'!

    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 8:22pm (Oct 15th 2010)
    They say madder than a wet hen here. Mine went to bed rather wet tonight, they soon fluff up again though.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2010 8:58pm (Oct 25th 2010)
    Posted By: nanny northThey say madder than a wet hen here.

    We say the same thing here, NN..Madder than a wet hen.