Can Silkies and Polish crossbreed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Picklestix7866, May 28, 2010.

  1. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently got some Polish chicks, and some of them have 5 toes, feathers on their legs, and their feathers seem to have a Silkie-like quality to them. But they also have the body type of Polish and have a knob of feathers on the top of their heads. They are different ages, from about 3 weeks to 8 weeks. I'm wondering if its possible for them to be Polish/Silkie crosses? Do different breeds usually crossbreed? Thanks in advance! [​IMG]
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    You can cross breed any chicken to any chicken, & sometimes to Guineas, & Peafowl, but talk about an UGLY bird!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Yes. It is highly possible that you have a polish/silkie cross. Some people breed them together to try for a specific quality, whether it be color, crest size etc... But most any chicken will cross with another if given even 1/16 of a chance.
     
  4. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    Sultans might also be in the mix. do you have ant pics ? with roosters where there is a will there is a way
     
  5. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they have silkie-feathering, then Silkies would be in the genes. If their feathers are just 'softer' than usual, they could be Sultans, who have crests, feathered feet, and 5 toes. I also find that Sultans have pretty soft feathers, as far as normal chicken feathers goes.

    If the feathering is true silkie-feathering though, they could be either Polish or Sultans X Silkie. Pictures would help.

    P.S.-Yes, all of the breeds listed above will breed with each other.
     
  6. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't think they are ugly... They've been picking on each other because when I first got them they were all together, but now that I separated the older ones from the really younger ones they're growing their feathers back.
     

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