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Is this chick part silkie?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Peep Nerd, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chirping

    Aug 21, 2013
    My silkie recently sat on three eggs. She broke one egg after a week and then killed one chick as soon as it hatched. I took the last egg and hatched it under a heat lamp. This is the chick. It's about 2 weeks old. Does it look like the long feathers coming in are silkie? If so, do you think it's possible she knew the other ones weren't hers and that's why she killed them. I know that sounds weird but it just occurred to me when I noticed these new feathers coming in. [​IMG]
  2. aquagolda

    aquagolda Chirping

    Apr 27, 2013
    New Jersey
    yes I think so
  3. ashtree

    ashtree Songster

    Apr 9, 2014
    oklahoma hills
    Doesn't really look like silkie feathers to me. And it could still be part silkie with hard feathers, I believe hard feathers are a dominant gene. As for mama rejecting the others I doubt it had anything to do with the way the chick looked. Was she a first time mama?
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    I don't think mamas really think about the looks of their babies. It looks like the chicks tail feathers are Silkie like so she's probably part silkie.
    Was she a first time mama?
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing 10 Years

    Jul 28, 2008
    Some hens just don't make good mothers. Those aren't silkied feathers coming in. Were they eggs from your flock? What breeds do you have?
  6. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chirping

    Aug 21, 2013
    The eggs were from my flock but I have so many breeds I couldn't narrow it down. I don't even know what they all are. They were a mixed bunch from McMurray and my 3 roosters are silkie, cochin frizzle and a big beautiful mixed breed.
    It was her first time hatching eggs. Do you think I should give her another chance?

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