Giant Silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Czech's_chicks, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many generations do you think it would take to get a giant silkie? I was driving on Van Buren Blvd in Woodcrest (Riverside, CA) and swear I saw the largest silkie roo in my life. That started me thinking....are there standard silkies? what could you breed them with to get it going?
     
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    If I was going to try, I'd go with the hugest cochins I could get my hands on.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Someone was working on that...who was it?
     
  4. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome!

    I've always been a hobbyist. Chooks have been my solace and my place to get away from it all so I've never ventured into breeding or cross breeding...but I think I will try my hand at it.

    All my birds are mutts with the eggception of my 1 cuckoo maran, 3 welsummers and 1 barred rock. they are all old, too, so I think I would want to start this with a newer pullet and a silkie roo. I got the 25 pullet deal through MPC, so I guess I will see what I got when they are all bigger...right now I know some are barred because the feathers are starting to lighten.
     
  5. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm glad you brought this up as I wanted to see an update of the previous thread. I ressurected the old thread, and would sure like to see the progress. I still find it hard to believe they are actually 10 pounds though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the practical side of me would want a larger hen because of more egg coverage...so I'd have to make sure broodiness would stay intact. I think the world of this breed.
     
  7. eatmorechicken

    eatmorechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The standard silkies that I know of are in europe. To recreate them I would start with sq dorkings, houdans, or faverolles. those birds are pretty big! I would guess that you could get a true breeding line of giants in 4 years maybe sooner if you hatched and culled alot of birds..
     
  8. GstringJimmy

    GstringJimmy New Egg

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    I am about three generations into a project breeding the silkie gene into Jersey Giants and Malay jungle fowl. Silkie doesn't express until the second generation back-cross, so it takes some time -- but I currently have three birds expressing. They are larger than most bantams, but still not as big as a standard chicken. GIve me a couple more years though.... Why am I doing this? Because I can't raise backyard dinasaurs, and giant silkies would be the next best thing. :)
     
  9. iguanasal

    iguanasal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can u post pics of UR silkie feather mix birds I'd like to see the expression silkie feathers on the birds very cool I thought about having a bunch of hairy chickens in the yard
     

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