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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by moncktj, Dec 18, 2012.
this is my silkie rooster does he look purebred or not
i got him at my local pet shop as a free bee
yes he is pure just pet quality
not show quality, I dont breed them, but I know they have huge crests/beards and alot more leg feathering.
He looks pure though
I'm not convinced of his purity. His color is clearly mixed. His leg and foot feathering seems scant. The black skin, 5 toes, feathered shanks and top knot are all dominant traits and will show up in most silkie mixes, especially from offspring including one full blooded silkie parent. Silkied feathering is a recessive trait which can be carried. If 2 parent birds carrying the silkie trait should breed, you can get offspring of mixed coloring with silkie feathers that can appear to be full blooded.
i have pure silkies of different colors all in one pen, thus I end up with some babies that look odd and fit into none of the showable colors
thanks all who replied
The silkie feather gene is passed on from both parents. So a cross between a silkie and a feathered bird will result in a normal feathering.