What do you feed Silkie chickens?
Silkies can be fed the same feed you would normally give to chickens, whole grains, layers pellets, scraps and treats and what ever they find whilst they are free ranging.
I blend our own feed for our adult silkies and feed it year-round. Our chicks are fed a commercial medicated chick starter for the first 2 months, supplemented with grated carrots, hard cooked chopped eggs, greens, and an occasional yogurt-grain mixture when they get a little older.
Our feed blend starts with a 20% protein commercial poultry feed. Since Purina is available in our area, we use Purina Gamebird Layena, which does not contain the marigold oil supplement that can affect white feathers.
This is my recipe for silkie feed:
20% Small or fine cut bantam layers layers pellets
20% split maize
5% safflower seeds.
5% sunflower seeds - hulled without the shells.
5% flax seeds.
2% Buckwheat or hemp seed
2% Grit and shell.
0.25% Brewer's Yeast powder.
0.25% Garlic Powder.
0.25% pink minerals.
I mix it up in a 44 gallon drum.
The birds also get chopped eggs and grated carrots once a week, greens like kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce as they are available, leftover tomatoes, or any fruit that is starting to go bad. In the summer, they absolutely love watermelon! I cut most of the red part off the rinds and put it in containers for the family, and feed the rinds to the silkies.
What about treats for Silkies?
Treats should ever be more than 5% of the diet of any chicken otherwise it can upset the balance of the feed.
Good treats for silkies include:
1. Frozen peas or sweetcorn kernels - leave them cold for summer and serve hot for winter.
2. Sunflower seed kernels.