Need some information on silkies for my daughter's 4-H talk.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mothergoose, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. mothergoose

    mothergoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If anybody has some information on silkies...origin, when they arrived here, etc. My 9 yr old wants to do here 4-H talk on silkies. She has to give it on the 12th. She already has the pullet picked out that she is gonna take with as her live subject. She just needs some facts for her paper. Thanks for any and all help.
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  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason why a silkie's feathers look like fur is that they are missing the barbs that make the strands stick together. This makes it impossible for them to fly.

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    Silkes have black skin. When they are crossed with another breed, their chicks will always have black skin (black skin is dominant).

    Silkied feathers sometimes come up randomly in closed flocks, such as this serama hen.

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