how to get bearded silkies?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickncrazy, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. chickncrazy

    chickncrazy In the Brooder

    Hi......I am just starting to breed my silkies and I want the bearded variety. Do you have to breed a bearded rooster to a bearded hen in order to get a bearded chick? Can one of the parents be bearded and the other one not, and still get a bearded chick? Thanks for the help!
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    If you breed a bearded to a non-bearded, the chick would most likely have a very small beard. You get the best beards when both parents are bearded.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, I don't think there is just one gene that controls that trait, it will be a mix.

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