We have three silkies at the moment, just about to come into lay. They’re named Seraphina, Luciana and Ro (yep, we’re big Barbie movie fans around here!).
We had a rooster named Molly as well (I know, my defense is that you can’t tell their gender as day-old chicks!), but we had to get rid of him. Kiama council (like many others) doesn’t allow roosters in residential areas, and he was starting to crow at 5:00 am. Fortunately, the good people at Matilda’s Farmyard Nursery took him off our hands. He’ll be doing the rounds of childrens’ birthday parties now – if you see a black silky, say hi from us!
It was a good outcome for the kids to see that he was going somewhere beautiful, with lots of other farmyard animals to keep him company. The owners were really nice, and were happy to take the time to show our girls around the farm and let them pat the animals. I highly recommend them as an ethical business that looks after their animals in the best way possible.
With the departure of Molly, we now have a vacancy in the Chicken Ark. Silkies aren’t the best layers – they lay smallish eggs, lay less per year than purpose-bred laying breeds, and tend to go broody fairly frequently – so we’re going to get a layer to replace him.
After reading around a bit, I think the breed we’d like to get is the Australorp. They’re an Australian-bred heritage variety, and I think that’s worth preserving. Only problem is, I can’t find anyone that has them in the local area.
If you know of anyone selling point-of-lay Australorps in the Illawarra or Shoalhaven areas, please let me know via the comments below. Thanks!