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Grey Silkies - Breeding & What do you think of this pair?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SundownWaterfowl, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Here are my 2 grey silkies. Thought they were 2 girls, but one started crowing last week, and is a male. How hard is breeding the greys? I know they are like partridges, but I have never bred those either. Do you have any pictures of correctly colored males/females? How is the coloring on these 2? They hatched back in July (i think).

    Both have nice dark eyes and combs. Both have nice smooth combs without horns/points.

    First pictures are the female. It looks like she does have duck foot, so I would have to do lots of culling for that. But I think breeding them would be a fun little project.
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    Any tips on breeding greys?
     
  2. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my those are beautiful!!!! You HAVE to breed them.......then share with me!!!!!! HA!!!!

    By the way, what is a "duck foot"?

    What are those colors in the last two photos called?
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2010
  3. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    I am not too familiar with greys but I think they are gorgeous! Hopefully someone who works with greys will come along and help!
     
  4. AmyJ

    AmyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are pretty. I believe I have a grey roo. I thought he was a partridge when I got him, but now I think otherwise. I have him up on BST auction right now, I only have 2 silkies and they are roos and I have too many roos in general!

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  5. TheFeatheredTempest

    TheFeatheredTempest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sundown - your birds are simply stunning!!!
     
  6. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    Those are from Marjorie Best? I like the first bird, the second looks like it has poor middle toe feathering. She has some very pretty grays, but from what I understand by reading the standard I don't think I've seen one that meets the standard. I think the color is gorgeous, nonetheless. Pretty birds.
     
  7. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

    Mar 18, 2008
    Alabama
    My Coop
    Here are a few pic of my grays.

    Young cockerel
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    Hens
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    Darker hen
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    Mouse brown hen
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  8. bacres

    bacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    East Pennsylvania
    They look very nice Sundown!!!! I'd breed them!
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yes, they are. The male does have feathers down his whole middle toe. I was looking at him yesterday and it looks like the broke them off somehow. I was thinking about breeding them, and then linebreeding with their offspring and see what that gives me. I just love the color.
     
  10. bacres

    bacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    East Pennsylvania
    Quote:Yes, they are. The male does have feathers down his whole middle toe. I was looking at him yesterday and it looks like the broke them off somehow. I was thinking about breeding them, and then linebreeding with their offspring and see what that gives me. I just love the color.

    DO IT!
     

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