I'm not sure if this is normal....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PAchickenlover, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Songster

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    I have five silky chicks, one of them has a bump on the top of its head. Is this normal? Does it mean it is a Roo/Hen? Or is it a possable birth defect? I have never raised Silky chicks before and have no idea, so any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Mollie
     
  2. The bump is called a "vaulted skull" and is considered very desirable among some breeders.as it can accentuate the "pom pom". Because it is a bit like the soft spot on a new born baby, injuries can happen. I have twelve new silkie chicks and most are vaulted. [​IMG] You will love your silkies. Five will never be enough! [​IMG]
     
  3. PAchickenlover

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    I have the hen that hatched the chicks also and another Black Silky hen that came witha baby Duckling. So I guess I have 7 total. How will I be able to tell if the chicks are roosters or pullets? Is it like other breeds? I love the silkies so far but like I said I don't know much about them. I bid on these at an Auction. It was a whim and I am glad for it. Thanks for your information.
     
  4. Quote:Silkies are the hardest breed to sex and often you don't know until they crow or lay an egg. When they are about 8 - 10 weeks, you can post photos of them on this site and the experts will help you. (I am not one of them! LOL) [​IMG]
     
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    HOnestly, I was told the bump on its' head means it's a roosterQ!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, one of mine has it and it is a rooster [​IMG]
     
  6. PAchickenlover

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    Oh ok thank you i had no idea it was so hard to sex silkies.
     
  7. Quote:Definitely not true unless you're talking about the walnut shaped comb. It can be rather large! [​IMG]
     
  8. The little white chick in my avatar has the bump I'm talking about! [​IMG]
     
  9. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    Then my rooster must be the only one with that bump - the hens don't have it
    Strange
     
  10. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

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    The bump is a vaulted skull. Almost every silkie line will throw the occasional vault. Some silkie breeders like us(Creekside Acres) and Bad Azz Silkies breed for this trait and throw a higher percentage of vaulted babies. Depending on who Im breeding to who, it could be in the 75% to 90% bracket. This vault has no bearing on the sex of the chick, all of my roos and hens that are in my breeding pens are vaulted. I'll include a good pic of a vaulted baby for you.
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