Barred Silkie......

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by texaschickmama, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Is this silkie barred? What color would you call this? It does have very faint barring. I hope it comes out in the pics.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Probably had one Cuckoo Silkie parent or it's a hidden gene. Did you breed it there? Just had a barring gene show itself in my BBS Orps, believe it or not.
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    No, I didn't breed it here, Cyn. I bought it from a woman that lives near me that does breed silkies, but as far as I know she doesn't have any barring going on over there, unless it's top secret. [​IMG] A barred BBS orp, wow. I can only imagine the beauty. I'm still in shock that I have silkies now. They are so sweet with my kiddos. The big girls look at them like "what are you" or "you call yourself a chicken--HA" [​IMG] I have such great fun with my chickens and love all the breeds I have. The big girls hold a special place in my heart though. [​IMG]
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    It's a mis-marked black. She's not barred, just has some silver bleeding through. She shouldn't be used for breeding if you plan on showing.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009
  5. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Quote:She/he is just a pet for us to enjoy and snuggle. I thought probably she/he was a mix of colors or something not "standard" just not sure what.. [​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That mismarking is pretty regular! I know that there are Cuckoo Silkies, so just thought that was a possibility.
  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    mismarked... she'll get more whites everytime she moult.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I had a black Ameraucana with his gold base color showing in streaking down the hackles-didnt present like the silkie in the picture, but it certainly could be mismarked. Guess I am remembering jmnjay's Cuckoo Silkies.
  9. melissa508

    melissa508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Since its a female, its highly possible that its a cuckoo hybrid judging from what i can see in the pics.
    The hybrid is the result of breeding a solid color silkie to a cuckoo hen , the offspring can only be sex-links ..therfore your females will be solid color..however, ive seen hybrids have a few faint cuckoo markings or flecks that are unmistakably cuckoo..sometimes theyre molted out, sometimes theyre not.

    Most people only want females, and if they dont know how those genetics work, they hatch birds that they think are not cuckoo..when they really are.
    One sure way to know is keep her in a pen with a solid color rooster & mark the eggs that are hers..within a few days of hatching you will see about 50/50 solid color & cuckoo chicks...the barred ones will all be males.

    Those hybrids are excellent to breed back to barred cuckoos, you get more disctint barring.
  10. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, all I can say is she doesn't look like my cuckoo silk!
    She's pretty though.

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