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Did I end up with silkie bantams? What are these?

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Still new to the whole backyard chicken thing. We decided to add a few more to our group after we learned that about 2/3 of what we initially purchased were meat birds.:th

 

TSC had a new shipment of pullets so we decided to go pick some up. While there, they also had a tub of Bantams. My kids were a little upset that the majority of what we got would be dinner and not 'pets' so we decided we'd pick up three bantams. Chick #1 & #2 are mostly light gray with yellow on the head. After we got home I noticed they had some hair on the legs. I looked up Silkie Chicks but all the picks I see show dark colored feet and more poof to the top of their heads. These have light colored feet. Chick #3 looks like a chipmunk but isn't looking very good this morning. Did we indeed end up with Silkie Bantams? Will these end up being lavender or white?

 

Bantam Chick #1

 

 

 

Chick #2

 

 

Chick#3 not looking too good now today. Stands wavering like it's drunk and stands hunched over like this with the wings out and eyes closed. Will drink on it's own if I move it and put it's beak in the water and then will open his eyes and seem ok for a bit. I haven't seen it eat anything. Gets around in the box but very wobbly and tends to peep alot. Some of the pullets are just walking right over it and pecking at it. Should I separate this one from the group? Do I stay out of it and let nature do its thing or is sugar water etc going to do anything for it?


Edited by driftlessgirl - 3/16/16 at 7:07am
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#1 looks like a millie fleur D'uccle, #2 a porcelain D'uccle and I think #3 is an Old English Game bantam (probably black breasted red).

They're so cute!
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#1 looks like a millie fleur D'uccle, #2 a porcelain D'uccle and I think #3 is an Old English Game bantam (probably black breasted red).

They're so cute!

Very cool! Thanks! I had a feeling they weren't really silkies but had no idea what they might be. I didn't know of any another breed that had the fuzzy feet.

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Top 2 are both Porcelain D'uccles, you can already see the lavender coming into their wings.Third is most likely OEGB as said above, however it is Silver Duckwing, not BBred

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Top 2 are both Porcelain D'uccles, you can already see the lavender coming into their wings.Third is most likely OEGB as said above, however it is Silver Duckwing, not BBred


X2. Silkies have blue skin and 5 toes.:)

-Banti

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X2. Silkies have blue skin and 5 toes.:)

-Banti

That's what kept throwing me off. Mine just had the light feet with 4 toes. I googled chicks with feathered legs and nothing really looked right. D'uccle never came up, but now that I've googled them, the pics look right on. Curious to see how they turn out! Thank you everyone for chiming in!

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Top 2 are both Porcelain D'uccles, you can already see the lavender coming into their wings.Third is most likely OEGB as said above, however it is Silver Duckwing, not BBred

Good call on the colors! I didn't look hard enough at the D'uccles and am not too familiar with OEGB colors big_smile.png
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So what is everyone's opinion on the last little one and it's behavior? We got a teeny tiny one identical to it and it is doing the same thing. Keeps getting pasty butt too.
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You might try making a slurry of food and water, and try syringing some to it. It could be failure to thrive, or just stress, a nutrient boost couldn't hurt. NutriDrench is good stuff, you can find it at most feed stores.
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So what is everyone's opinion on the last little one and it's behavior? We got a teeny tiny one identical to it and it is doing the same thing. Keeps getting pasty butt too.

Sorry to say 'he' didn't make it. :( 

 

The other chicks kept laying on him, pecking and just walking over him so I moved him to a separate spot. He got so weak that he wasn't standing/walking or bothering to eat or drink. I'm not 100% sure what the problem was. 

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