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

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

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok thank you i had no idea it was so hard to sex silkies.
     
  7. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Definitely not true unless you're talking about the walnut shaped comb. It can be rather large! [​IMG]
     
  8. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    The little white chick in my avatar has the bump I'm talking about! [​IMG]
     
  9. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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