Are physical traits of Silkies passed down through generations?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cochins n' Sebrights, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Cochins n' Sebrights

    Cochins n' Sebrights New Egg

    Oct 26, 2010
    Hi. I bought a Silkie hen from a local chicken swap and took her home. I planned to enter her in the county fair, but i looked at her feet and she only had 4 toes on one foot. ( Silkies are supposed to have 5 toes on both feet.) If I breed her with a male rooster, would there be a possibility of any of her young to have missing toes, or another defect? Thanks for you input! [​IMG]
  2. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    Depends on your plans for the future. If you plan on having a pet flock, I wouldn't worry about it. If you want to show, then don't use her for breeding. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  3. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    If you do use her, prepare to have a portion of the chicks that have four toes and will need to find pet homes. I would only use her if she is excellent in most other regards. Be prepared to cull heavily.

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