mixed breed with silkie feathers??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by teravolt217, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. teravolt217

    teravolt217 In the Brooder

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    one of my hens just recently hatched five babies, and two of them seem to be growing silkie feathers! the only thing is, ive heard that mixed breed silkies only ever get the straight feather gene and i only have one chicken with the silkie feathers. i do have other silkies but those all have normal feathers. so does that mean that mixed breed silkies can get fluffy feathers?

    heres a picture of one of them, sorry its a bit hard to see

    edit: nevermind i figured it out, id just completely forgotten how recessive genes worked
     

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If both parents carry the silkied gene, chicks can have silky type feathers.
     
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  3. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

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    From what I’m seeing, that little guy is a chick and doesn’t have many feathers yet only fuzz which all chicks have. I’d wait a little bit longer before assuming that it has the silkie feathers. I have been raising silkies for about 1 1/2 years and they feather differently than other chickens. When they start developing actual feathers, they look like average chickens. At about 4 weeks old is when you can really tell if it has silkie in it. Good luck!
     
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Looks more like frizzled feathers to me. Better to wait a few more weeks and post new pics.
     
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  5. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Looks silkied to me.
    Keep us updated.
     
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  6. teravolt217

    teravolt217 In the Brooder

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    i got some better pictures of both the chicks today, and their feathers have grown out a bit more too so its easier to see now

    here are picture of both chickies
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    and one with a silkie and straight feathered chick for comparison
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    theyre feathers are definitely a lot different from the other chickies! im super excited about these little ones since i had only had one fluffy silkie left until now
     
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  7. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    :love They are so CUTE :love
     

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