Silkie chicks first snow

It snowed during the night, much to the surprise of the Silkie chicks in the grow-out pen. They were all hatched in summer so they've never seen the cold white fluffy stuff before. This morning when I opened their chicken coop door, the silkies all started to run down the plank like always....then they saw the snow and stopped dead! 

The silkies all stood there in silence for a few minutes. A low clucking sound started in the back of the group. I imagine they were saying 'hey, what's the hold up? Move it!'


Black silkie chicks in snow

The silkies in the front clucked quietly back. Probably something along the lines of 'what the heck is that stuff?' After a few minutes of clucking conversation a few chicks ventured off the plank into the snow.

Silkies are cold hardy

Eventually all of the chicks did cross over the snow to eat breakfast, then ran right back into their coop where they've been ever since. I tried scattering some scratch around, but the chicks couldn't be bribed to come out in the snow agian. I suppose I'll go out later and shovel it out for the picky little feather balls. *sigh* Spoiled, aren't they?

They'll get used to it though! I've raised silkies in western Pennsylvania for several years now and I've never lost one to the cold of winter....and it often drops to the single digits here!  

Think you might want to raise Silkies? Check out my post Silkie chickens, Why you should raise this adorable breed!

~L

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7 comments:

  1. Great photos! If the shoveling doesn't work, Put some hay or straw down on the snow and they will walk on it. Here in Vermont we have been getting "snow showers" for 2 days. Come visit when you have a chance; www.tailgait.blogspot.com
    I am visiting from the Chicken Chick blog hop.

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    1. It melted off this time, but I will remember that for next time. thanks!

      Give Mavis a pat for me...she's so cute!

      ~L

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    1. I accidentally deleted your comment...I'm sorry!

      In reply...I like the contrast too! I probably should have grabbed a 'real' camera for the picture, there might be more detail in the snow...but as it was happening all I had was my phone. They were so confused...it was too cute! lol

      ~L

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  3. Oh my goodness I laughed so hard when I read this!!! We are adding silkies to our flock in the spring and this is just so cute!! I'm adding your blog to my bloglist ok? It's www.fruittreehillhannibal.blogspot.com !!! Can't wait to explore your blog more!! <3

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    1. You will love Silkies! They do goofy stuff like this all the time!
      Can't wait to read your blog!

      ~L

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  4. Love your silkies! I bet they'll learn to not mind the snow so much, but I do admit I do a lot of shoveling for my hens too!

    Visiting from Tilly's Nest Down Home Blog Hop!

    Joan@JustTheRightThings.com

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