Pet Quality Silkies Question

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Tiffany24, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I picked up some Silkies this afternoon. They are 6 weeks old. I posted pictures on Facebook and someone said I shouldn't breed them because their combs are different. I have one with a Walnut Comb, a few have 3 rows, and others have single combs. My question is if I was to breed them can I correct the combs in their offspring by pairing certain ones? Thanks
     
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  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may then become a recessive trait, which could randomly show up later in the lines. If you're going to breed silkies I would recommend buying from trustworthy breeders
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can breed them and get more pet quality birds.

    correcting a fault like that will be a lot of work. If you're looking for show quality birds, it's always easier to start with show quality stock.
     
  4. Tiffany24

    Tiffany24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'm getting some Silkie eggs from Tricia5099 a member on BYC. I'm excited.
     

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