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are there silkie mixes?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sandrachx, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Songster

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    silly question? can a silkie rooster service hens other than silkies? do the chicks come out looking like silkie mixes? just wondering, since i have now realized the 4 silkies chicks i got in may have 2 sweet roosters. i have 7 mature hens now - 4 bantam cochins and 3 standard mixes.

  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Chickens can successfully breed any other chicken regardless of breed. Bantams roosters can fertlize Standard hens and visa versa, but not a good idea to let a large rooster service your bantam hens.

    My avatar is of a Silkie X Frizzled Cochin. I have had my Silkie rooster with my RIR, Wyanadotte and Partridge Rock and all the chicks were interesting. The Crest and feathered leggs are dominant so you can expect to see some sort of crest and some feathering on the feet. Dark skin is possible as well even in the first generation cross.
  3. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    Our Black Silkie roo mixed with Buff Orps., Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, and Light Brahmas. The first generation all had smooth feathers and some sort of crest on the head and feathered feet. Some had the extra Silkie toe on both feet, some had no extra toes at all and some had an extra toe on just one foot. Now our second generation is wide and varied! Some have the above, but I've noticed that the fluffy Silkie feathers are more prevalent this generation! And our Silkie mix hens are the broodiest hens ever!! We've had one sit and hatch twice this year!
    Have fun!!
    Amy J.
  4. foxcove4

    foxcove4 In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    this hen is half silkie, she's a great mama too

  5. AthamGI

    AthamGI In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Wait, what was the parentage for that hen? It looks just like my buff silkie-game bantam cross, only she has head feathers + muffs.
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    the 3 light colored birds in this pic are from a lavender-ish ee bantam hen and a blue splash silkie rooster.

  7. d_rooster

    d_rooster Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    North Augusta, SC
    I just hatched some chicks from a Partridge Silkie hen x Bantam Salmon Faverolles rooster. The resulting chicks all have five toes. However, the beaks on all of this cross are bluish in color. I believe all of them should have regular feathers, not silkie in this first generation (unless the SF roo daddy had a recessive silkie gene hiding in his genes). So far their skin looks light colored, not dark like Silkies. They are all cute as a button. I can't wait to see how they turn out as adults. I have fun imagining a Silkie Roo with colors like a Salmon Faverolles Roo.

    I found a very useful web page on Silkie genetics here:


    Donald in SC

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