Grey.Partridge? Silkiie Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marie_martin, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Here are progressive pics of the two grey silkies I hatched 8/3.

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    Starting to feather in:

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    Today (3 weeks old):

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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Gorgeous! Do you sell Gray Silkie hatching eggs? I might want to get some from you this spring.
     
  3. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Thanks but I got these from Michelle at goldensunriseranch.
    She is great. You should check with her.

    Marie
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Do grays really look that much like partridge when they are born?
     
  5. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    From what I understand, some can. I have seen pics of michelles greys and some do look like partridge as babies. But I don't know anything about genetics so I will let her explain if she does not mind.

    Marie
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are just lovely! [​IMG]
     
  7. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! So far all mine have hatched as grey and are striped like partridge when born. These look a little browner in the wings than the ones I hatched do. I did some research and some believe whites are mostly partridge genes underneath the genes that produce the white and since I use a white roo I think it IS possible. Though everything I've hatched for myself from the same grey hens has not turned out that way. Grey and partridge are very similar genetically. So these might be the first chicks hatched from last year's grey pullet, which was out of a very silvery grey hen against a white roo, and she's now up against a different white roo this year. But if I want to improve their structure and crests the only way is to keep using them against my whites. And then I'll start selecting more for color.
     
  8. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pics of greys I hatched earlier this year out of the same pen. They look a tad bit different. I'm thinking these newer babies of marie's don't have the silver gene that makes partridge become grey.

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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008
  9. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    Cute marie! They look really partridge to me though-but I'm no silkie expert. They look just like my partridge chicks.
     
  10. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Either way is fine with me. I love them just the same. What color would I need to breed back to them to get the grey though?

    Marie
     

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