Hi! I just got this years chicks and I picked one bantam I’d never seen anything like! Anyone got any ideas?
Brown mottling, pink feathered feet, frayed looking wing feathers, 5 toes on only one foot. Came from an assorted bantam selection.
From the pictures, I can clearly see Silkie genetics(Inhibited Fibromelanotic showing on Chick's beak... and I also see the 5 toes) if the Chick has white/yellow skin under the chick down, I can say for certain that it's a cockerel,
Depends on the cross, Silkie rooster crossed to a yellow/white shanked hen will produce sex links, the roosters will have yellow/white skin and pullets will have black skin, it's because sex linked Id(sex linked dermal inhibitor which causes yellow/white shanks) will inhibit the effect of Fibromelanotic Fm gene found on Silkies(which causes black skin) and from that cross(Silkie rooster x Yellow/white shank hens) the pullets will inherit the id+ and Fm from Silkie sire and the cockerels will inherit one copy of Id(Id/id+ Fm/fm+) from mother, their skin will be white/yellow... but Fm will give the males a dark colored beak not found on regular Id chicks..