- Nov 30, 2018
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That is so interesting, thank you. it is quite mind boggling at times how people can just change the status of animals and birds. One would think that once somethng was deemed heritage that it would always be so.Here, unless the breed can be pastured and used for eggs or meat, they aren't considered a heritage breed. So even though they were in the original American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, they aren't heritage. Silkies are too feather blind to pasture. Easy pickings for predators. Interestingly, polish are considered heritage even though they are just as feather blind and it was the introduction of polish into silkies that caused the modern huge silkie crests.
Silkies are way too broody for good egg production. They are very good mothers. Only breed that comes close to them in broodiness mothering is the cochins. Large fowl cochins would be my go to for other fowl species like turkey or geese. Silkies are just too little.
We only have one size of silkie here. Hens weigh 2 pounds. I think you have the two sizes like Europe does.
Not saying other breeds don't mother well, but my silkies will happily raise 4 batches of chicks a year. Broodiness was the whole reason silkies were kept for a while. The best broodies where bred and the instinct is now turned up to 11 in the breed.
I think that I would tend to lean towards the Silkie as sitters. I am not a fan of commecial incubators at all. I feel things should be done naturally. Especially when folks are not going into mass production. The Cochins are quite common here with folks that show their birds. From what I have heard they are not bad as layers.