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Featured Stories on BackYard Chickenspost #57872 of 621871/25/16 at 1:42pmHi,
I have a question. I am including pics of one of my silkies I believed to be a pullet.(at least I hoped so)
I now am not sure. Looking at the top it looks like she/he may be growing the top and hackle feathers.
She/he is 11 weeks, so I assumed that the feathers were all in and I could count on the rest of this hatch to be girls!! Reason I say this is because we already had the 2 roosters out of the bunch start to crow about 3 weeks ago, and we separated them to another coop.
Anyone have any idea if I am right or wrong in assuming it's a she?
I need to add that in order to really see the picture well you may need to click on it so it comes in larger. This is where you will see the white tips I am looking at and wondering about.
Edited by Nksg75 - 1/25/16 at 4:31pmpost #57873 of 621871/25/16 at 2:19pmpost #57874 of 621871/25/16 at 2:43pm
Oops, I think I posted in the wrong thread earlier. I think my question would be better here, in the big silkie thread:Quote:
I have a question about my little silkie cockerel. If anybody knows the answer without having to look anything up, I'd appreciate it. I can research it myself, but I'm not a chicken breeder, just a backyard owner.
A local breeder sold me a porcelain silkie chick when it was just a few days old. Once he lost his baby down, his feathers grew in all white. He's a lovely little bearded and crested bird with bright blue earlobes and a dark blue comb, and even though some of my hens think he's a tiny nuisance, I adore him and am keeping him as a pet.
My question is whether I was knowingly sold a chick that would definitely not be a porcelain, or if the fact that he turned out all white was just a a mistake the breeder made by not knowing how genetics would turn out once he lost the mixed-colored down. Oh, and he sold him to me as a pullet, too. I can understand that mistake, since silkies are notoriously difficult to sex correctly.
I'm not planning to part with my little silkie, if you're worried. I'm just curious if the all-white silkie is a possibility when breeding for porcelains.
Thanks in advance!post #57875 of 621871/25/16 at 5:01pm
yea selling you a sexed silkie chick was a no no, I am not familiar with the porcelain color but I am sure it is a possibility. What color was the chick when you got it and does he have any white silkies? It is always a good idea to research you breeder before you purchase and check out their breeding stock.Pre-vet student who just wants a simple and holistic life with her crazy herd of 50+ brood cows, two jennys continuously followed by an old gelding, a pack of rabbit dogs, two collies, a tom cat who may just be a black panther, a fish tank with questionable contents, a flock of cuckoo sizzle chickens and a nigerian dwarf who may just be a dog herself on a plot of land that started a town in 1939.Pre-vet student who just wants a simple and holistic life with her crazy herd of 50+ brood cows, two jennys continuously followed by an old gelding, a pack of rabbit dogs, two collies, a tom cat who may just be a black panther, a fish tank with questionable contents, a flock of cuckoo sizzle chickens and a nigerian dwarf who may just be a dog herself on a plot of land that started a town in 1939.post #57876 of 621871/25/16 at 5:34pmpost #57877 of 621871/25/16 at 5:39pmpost #57878 of 621871/25/16 at 5:40pmQuote:it does look nastyOriginally Posted by HhollyQuote:Ew, kinda makes me want to turn vegetarian.Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Go to this link to see a photo of cooked Silkie meat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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I love to help, so if you need someone to talk to or need help with anything, shoot me a PM!post #57879 of 621871/25/16 at 8:07pmQuote:Originally Posted by moomoodiddy
yea selling you a sexed silkie chick was a no no, I am not familiar with the porcelain color but I am sure it is a possibility. What color was the chick when you got it and does he have any white silkies? It is always a good idea to research you breeder before you purchase and check out their breeding stock.
His down feathers did look porcelain, with a mixture of cream and buff. The mother hen he showed me was a porcelain, but like I said, I don't know anything about how to breed silkies. I just thought somebody who knows a lot about how the different combinations produce porcelains would know if there was a risk of having some turn out white.
And you're right about researching the breeder. My silkie was an impulse buy when I had gone to pick up three pullets of a different breed I had previously arranged to purchase. (I'm sure nobody else has that problem -- coming home with more chicks than you'd planned to buy? hehe ).
Anyway, thanks. He's my little buddy now and a keeper, no matter what I was told he would be 6 months ago. I was just curious if somebody with silkie breeding knowledge already knew the answer.post #57880 of 621871/25/16 at 9:06pmOk super weird question but I have a silkie rooster and an Easter Egger. We had more but they sadly died for various reasons. Anyways, I've never seen our rooster mate with the Easter Egger ever. He's almost 2 years old! We want to get more again but my question is...does he prefer silkie lady friends? I'm not looking to breed but want him to be happy lol.
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