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New chicks what are they silkies or Cochins?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sunnie7, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. sunnie7

    sunnie7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are mine 1-2 days old! Picked them up today, was told they were bantam Cochins but someone on here broke the news that the lighter ones are silkies. Let me know what you think each one is (color too)?!
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I can't see each chick well enough to say, but here's how you can tell...

    silkies have black skin, five toes and a walnut comb, so on a chick the comb will be more of a wide flat spot. They should also have crests, but this can be iffy on hatchery birds.

    Cochins have yellow skin, four toes, and straight combs. On a chick the comb will look like a little ridge of saw teeth.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    of course if any of the breeds are poor examples of the breed from hatcheries they can be missing the important "tells" for each breed, they may even just be mutts
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    please wait a few weeks and post nice, clear close up photos.
     
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  5. sunnie7

    sunnie7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think only my one little one is a silkie after looking at their feet better!
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    Cochin feet?
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  6. donrae

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    Yep.

    Where did you get them from? If not from a hatchery, could they be mixed? It's a cute mix, if that happens.
     
  7. sunnie7

    sunnie7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them from a local lady. She had a ton of different breeds all out together but none of them were mixes. So guess there's a chance it's a mix.
     
  8. donrae

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    Yeah, purebreds running together sounds like you've got a good chance at some barnyard mixes. chances are they'll be adorable, though.
     
  9. sunnie7

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    what would the mix be considered?! Bantam Cochin mixed with a silkie. I tried looking it up but its so confusing! Sizzles I think have the dark feet and 5 toes so the wouldn't be that?
     
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  10. donrae

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    It would be considered a silkie/bantam Cochin mix [​IMG]. there's no name or designation for a mixed breed like that. It's not a sizzle, it's just a mix.

    Mine came out lightly crested, 4 or 5 toes (but one of my silkie hens only has 4 toes on one foot), feather legged, very rounded and fluffy but with regular feathers. Very cute and personable.
     

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