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Here is a link, if you scroll down you can see her pictures of smooth feathered varieties so yes there r smooth feathered Sizzles and they are still Sizzles...this has totally confused me http://californiacountryranch.blogspot.com/p/sizzle-chicks-overdose-of-cute-showpet.html?m=1 ok so from what I can see and what I have been told from people that are breeding and showing Sizzles my guy is completely fine. I do appreciate the color tip though.

Smooth sizzles carry the silkie gene. Yours are first generation, so it's not known which chicks have that silkie gene. You will need to do a few breedings with those chicks to figure out which ones are carrying that silkie gene and which aren't. They need birds without the frizzle gene because breeding two birds with the frizzle gene results in very sickly, poorly feathered birds.


All offspring from the first cross will carry a copy of the gene for silkied feathers.  Second generation is where it can become unknown.  However, sizzles should not have it at all.

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adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
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post #82 of 85
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Right here you said my choice of breeding will never result in a Sizzle. I think we r getting nowhere. I crossed my frizzle Cochin with a silkie and that is how you get Sizzles, no matter whether they r smooth feathered or frizzled. From here I will continue breeding to quality birds to improve my future Sizzles.


The reason to keep silkies in the cross for the first few generations is to get back to type after the cross to a cochin.  The second generation is where you need to be most selective on which birds to continue using as that is where recessive genes start pairing up, and you can lose skin colour, crest, polydactyly, etc.  Getting sizzles that are further into development would also be helpful in moving forward.

Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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post #83 of 85
@Sonoran Silkies Thank you! That whole conversation threw me at first. It is so hard to get accurate info about breeding Sizzles. I thought I had started to figure some things out, and this made me question everything. That's ok I did more research and found some great articles. Do u have a website? It's also hard to find reputable breeders or people with knowledge about Sizzles. Would love to get my hands on any. Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by RissaS View Post

@Sonoran Silkies Thank you! That whole conversation threw me at first. It is so hard to get accurate info about breeding Sizzles. I thought I had started to figure some things out, and this made me question everything. That's ok I did more research and found some great articles. Do u have a website? It's also hard to find reputable breeders or people with knowledge about Sizzles. Would love to get my hands on any. Thanks again.


The link you posted earlier is Sherri Minkner's website; she is the foremost sizzle breeder out there IMO.   But you are right, there is a lot of misinformation, and a large part of that is that sizzles are a project, not a recognized breed or variety.  But there are people who are working on them seriously, and have been for years.  There is a facebook page where project direction is often discussed.  APA made changes in what is required to recognize a new breed, and that will make it extremely difficult to have sizzles recognized as a breed.  And then there is a lot of not quite agreement on recognition as a silkie variety.  I've played around with them for years, and kept somewhat abreast of the direction the breeders who are serious about sizzles are aiming, but I wouldn't say that I am a serious sizzle breeder.

Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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post #85 of 85
Yes, she has been an amazing wealth of information about them, and I sincerely recommend anyone who is serious about them talking to her and looking at her website. She has answered so many questions for me via email. I just got thrown off when junebugga kept telling me that my smooth feathered sizzle wasn't a sizzle. Kind of panicked when she made the comment that mine was smooth and not silkie feathers so it couldn't be a sizzle. That's when I went back to Sheri's site ( and our previous emails about my birds) and doubled checked. Sure enough I am headed in the right direction. Anyway, I learned my lesson. Was just asking about color and ended up in a debate over whether my bird is a sizzle or not. From now on I'm just asking Sheri!smile.png
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