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my silkie is not a silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by zibby, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. zibby

    zibby Out Of The Brooder

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    I am pretty new to chickens and completely new to silkies. I bought 10 from Ideal. They hatched April 27th. Sadly, I lost 2 the first week, I don't know why, but they were sickly. I lost 2( a beautiful whitle and a splash) to one of my dogs who had shown no previous interest in chickens. I let my guard down.

    Anyway I have 6 silkies now.

    2 partridge
    1 black
    2 blue or gray - I don't understand the differance - can someone please explain????

    and a buff.


    But, the buff sprouted a pinkish single comb. He is larger and heavier than the others. I say he because he started crowing at 6 weeks old.
    He does have 5 toes, blue skin, and silky feathers but he has brown eyes.

    Is this some genetic throwback or was there a "leghorn in the woodpile" at Ideal?

    I would post pictures but its over 100 outside now and they are lying around panting. I don't want to stress them out.

    any insight would be helpful -thanks zibby
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Hatchery silkies are often far from the standard.

    Blue has solid coloured feathers. Greys have a pattern on individual feathers.
     
  3. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    that would be a mix. silkies have walnut combs.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    It's a hatchery bird. They OFTEN have incorrect features compared with the standard. If it has silkie feathers, it is a silkie.
     
  5. Mrs. Cannon

    Mrs. Cannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2. I got rid of some of mine at a local swap. And a woman walked past and asked if they were silkie polish cross.... I told them " nope, these are breeder birds not hatchery" with a smile of course [​IMG]
     
  6. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. Cannon :

    Quote:x2. I got rid of some of mine at a local swap. And a woman walked past and asked if they were silkie polish cross.... I told them " nope, these are breeder birds not hatchery" with a smile of course [​IMG]

    x3 Single combs will pop even in non hatchery Silkies. Although it is pretty rare.​
     
  7. zibby

    zibby Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your replies.

    He has great personality and definitely rules the roost. I don't know how close to the standard my others are, but they are very cute and affectionate. I think having these silkies has already given me better insight into my other chickens. These guys are so little and docile that I have handled them a lot and become much more confidant about bonding with my other hens.

    I am looking forward to finding out if they are hens or roos. I am pretty sure I have 1 roo besides my buff guy, 2 hens and I don't know about the other 2.

    If I can get them to pose for pictures, I will post them and you can let me know.

    Thanks
    zibby
     

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