Silkie a purebred or cross?

Jennyhaschicks

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I have a silkie that just hatched. The mom is a silkie, but there is a chance the pa could be a silkie or maybe a buff orp.
Is there any way that I could tell this early? Any signs I could look for?

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Poulets De Cajun

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If I'm not mistaken, if the father was a Buff Orp, you'd have a smooth feathered bird in the first generation.

Does it have purple skin and a dark colored beak? What about the toes?
 
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Poulets De Cajun

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Most probably a full Silkie, however I think the polydactyl toes and purple skin are dominant, so its not 100% for sure. If I am not mistaken, when you cross a smooth feathered bird with a Silkie, the first generation of offspring will be smooth feathered with purple skin and 5 toes. Subsequent generations if bread back to a Silkie will then have the Silkie feathering. You'll probably be able to be sure when it starts feathering out.
 

Poulets De Cajun

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Gees my spelling is on the ball today!

You might check with some of the more genetically inclined folks, but this is how I understand it thus far. I could very well be incorrect on some of the above. None-the-less, good luck. I hope it turns out as what you were hoping for.
 

Jennyhaschicks

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This baby has feathered feet.
Excuse my potential ignorance, but I thought feathered feet are dominant no matter the breed?
 

chickNjake

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Yes, you are correct, but a full Silkie will have a lot more feathering than a cross.
Sometimes you can even have chicks from a Silkie to 'other' cross where the chick has hardly no feathers on its legs though! (I have 2 in the brooder to prove it!
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) also, if I'm not mistaken, which i may be, chicks from a bird with black skin (Silkie) crossed with a bird without black skin (Polish in my case) then 'other' mom x Silkie dad= girls have black skin and Silkie hen x 'other' rooster= boys have black skin!
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