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i am fairly new to silkies & keep reading about silkies haveing vaulted skulls, can someone explain what this means or have a photo of one vaulted & one not.

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Look at this site  to read about it. It's desired by some, but my experience has been that they are very vulnerable. I even had one hatch with crookneck because of pressure on the brain due to being pressed on for so long- the skull is soooooooooo vaulted. I know there's got to be almost a complete lack of skull there on this guy.

I prefer birds with legitimate crests of fuzz, not bare brains.

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post #3 of 10

Do a BYC search. There was a thread on this a couple of months ago.

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here are two silkies that were born yesterday one has a vaulted skull the other does not
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/38899_100_0897.jpg
the vaults make the crests look bigger.  this roo has a vaulted skull
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/38899_100_0686.jpg

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post #5 of 10

I dont breed for or against vaulted skulls. The non vaulted birds can have as big a crest as the vaulted birds. I just think that the vault makes the chicks look a bit cuter. wink

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post #6 of 10

I had been wondering the same thing.  Thanks for asking this question.

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post #7 of 10
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thanks everyone for the info. keep it comming, like to see more photos.

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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by SundownWaterfowl 

I dont breed for or against vaulted skulls. The non vaulted birds can have as big a crest as the vaulted birds. I just think that the vault makes the chicks look a bit cuter. wink


I think more and more silkie breeders who used to breed FOR the vaults are coming to this conclusion; that said, vaulted ones do tend to be more prone to head injury, but only slightly so.

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post #10 of 10

I think more and more silkie breeders who used to breed FOR the vaults are coming to this conclusion; that said, vaulted ones do tend to be more prone to head injury, but only slightly so.


thumbsup This is true! It really doesnt matter if its vaulted or not as long is it has a nice crest. Ohh and Im sure there are many exceptions to this but many people think that vaulted skulls should be avoided like the plague and will die with just a tap on the head. I have 24 silkie chicks. Out of those, I may have had about 5 non vaulted ones. I have had no problems what so ever with them. They sure are cuter as chicks! love

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