Identifying silkie chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ccmarie, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. ccmarie

    ccmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My feed store has a selection of "assorted bantams" for sale. My mom is talking about getting a silkie or two for her flock, and I was wondering if it would be possible to tell from the chicks for sale which ones (if any) are silkies. I'm not familiar with banties at all, but I'd prefer to pick up one or two from the store than order a whole bunch. Any tips?
     
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    look for little "knots" on the top of the head these will be the crest, look for the feathered legs, and the 2 big give aways are the 5 toes and black skin, these may or may not have a beard

    so look for crest, 5 toes, feathered legs, and black skin (legs will be black as well)
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    not all may have a bump on the head but all should have the 5 toes and black skin if they are silkie
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Here are some silkie chicks... [​IMG] [​IMG] Tip: Look for black skin. That's the easiest way to tell. 5 toes, feathered legs, black skin. :)
     
  5. ccmarie

    ccmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! Thanks. I'll head over there today or tomorrow and see what I can find.
     
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    not all have 5 toes we have one that we bought and it has 4 toes instead -__- lol
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Could have 6 toes as well :lol:

    Especially hatchery stock.. It's always a toss up.

    Black skin is your best bet for identifying them!
     
  8. ccmarie

    ccmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately they didn't have any, but at least I could tell that.
     
  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Good that you could tell, sorry that they didn't have any :/
     

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