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Does the Silkie broodiness pass when crossed w/LF

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by greenSearcher, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 handsome Silkie roos, it appears the females either died in shipping or had unresolved splayed leg and needed culling. Made me heart sick. Now, in the future I see the silkie roos treading the BA pullets (they share a coop) the size difference isn't that much between them and they are used to each other. Will their decedents tend to be more broody? I got the silkies so I could have broodies but now I am assuming I have roos, the three I have just reek of maleness. No crowing confirmed, they are only 14 wks, but they have clearly visible, good sized combs and waddles and bold upright postures. Should I start budgeting for an incubator?

    DH is teasing me about them being pets, saying I have 39 pets. Just 'cause he can't 'off' a chicken, he likes to reflect that on me, but I am the one that culls when it has been necessary. Makes me heartbroken, but I do what is necessary. With the plans for breeding, I suspect I will have to harvest the roosters, but frankly, I can't see myself harvesting silkies, I don't find the idea of purple/black meat appealing.

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I think that the silky/BA X will produce broody pullets. Somewhere on here there is a post from someone who crossed silkies on leghorns (generally non broody) and developed their own flock of medium sized broodies.
     

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