Buff Silkie Baby! Dark Feathers? DQ?? PICS!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by silkiechick05, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, i moved this over from "raising baby chicks" because i didn't get many responses.
    However, it is still over there because i don't know how to delete stuff....

    sorry!


    has developed some dark brown spotting on his main wing feathers...


    he is only like five weeks old

    so is he just dirty?

    or is that normal?


    is it a DQ if it stays like that?

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  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I am no expert. I do not show, and am not interesting in showing. However, my buff silkies came from "show quality," I was told. For what it's worth, they all have the dark coloring that you are describing.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sometimes those will moult out as they grow in adult plumage. I don't think it's a DQ, but you will lose points for color present other than buff. For best scoring, the buff color should be even throughout and the undercolor should closely match as well.
     
  4. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thank you very much for your replies.



    I guess i will have to see what happens in the future!
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I have a 5 week old buff too. It was sold to me as coming from SQ parents & It looks like it has the potential to be an extremely nice bird.
    But it has changed color almost weekly LOL!
    Right now has dark feathers in it's wings like yours does. I have a feeling that because buff is a combination of colors, that as we are waiting for the permanent colors we may see quite a bit else. Just a guess that it is normal.
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    here are some pics of mine same age as yours so don't know yet what the future holds . . .

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  7. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thank you


    KatyTheChickenLady,

    Your little buff seems to have more brown, but it is lighter than the dark specs on my buff's feathers. I have no idea what that means

    cute baby though!!!
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    crazy isn't it? it's more grey than brown and it really just came out this week. Last week the red really showed. The lady I got the egg from is very assertive about the fact that her birds are clear buffs with no red showing through so I am going to assume that it will fade or go away with age until proven different.
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    One can describe the parents, and what they are known to have produced in the past, but virtually all birds carry some hidden genes, and will occasionally produce unexpected results. Of course that is one thing breeders work at removing, but when the hidden genes only show once in a blue moon, it can be hard to find them. And too often it is blamed upon one parent, whereas in reality it is probably a result of both parents contribution.

    When you purchase eggs rather than chicks or adults, the knowns/unknowns are even stronger. One reason that I do not and will not sell eggs.
     
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  10. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Quote:Of course that makes perfect sense. I always love your experienced input Sonoran!
    I recognized that risk when I bought my eggs, and should my bird turn out funny colored I would in no way hold it against the breeder as I have seen how lovely her stock is. to think differently would be akin to saying your kids will turn out nice because you are a nice person . . . we all know how often that doesn't work out! lol!
    So do you think they have a chance of out growing these funny colored feathers? I am only guessing and hoping for my part, your input would be great!
     

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