Cuckoo silkies with (hard?) feathers. Why?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Germaine_11.20, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Hi,

    I hatched out 4 beautiful cuckoo silkies. As they have grown I have noticed that they have a few of what I believe you call "hard feathers" on their wings.

    What do I need to do to have their offspring have less of these.

    Is this happening because the color is still fairly new?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Breed to softer feathered birds. Most silkies have some hard feathering in their wnigs, tails and even foot feathers. Obviously, the less hard feathering the better, but it happens.
     
  3. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Thank you! I am not sure that I have any cuckoos with softer feathers. The eggs all came from the same person. No actually I have one from someone different.
    They sure are cute.
     
  4. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mate them to your softest feathered Blacks. Cuckoo male X Black hen = all Cuckoo chicks, reverse gives
    Cuckoo cockerels and Black pullets
    David
     
  5. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Thank you so much! I did not know that. I do have 3 very nice (all young silkies) blacks. I hope I have at least one of each. Wow.
     

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