Silkie cross, maybe?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MilesFluffybutt, Jul 23, 2017.

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  1. MilesFluffybutt

    MilesFluffybutt Songster

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    My aunt, who isn't on BYC, is convinced these are silkie-crosses. She bought them straight run from a chain farm store in April so they about 12 weeks old. Thoughts?

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  2. summerb123

    summerb123 Crowing

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    Hatchery quality silkie
     
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  3. LilJoe

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    Very poorly bred silkies!!!
     
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  4. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! Free Ranging

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    White silkies. Very poorly bred. They are supposed to have walnut combs, not singles.
     
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    RoostersAreAwesome Free Ranging

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    Poorly bred/hatchery quality white silkies.
     
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    adrikeen Whooo let the chicks ooout? Peep...peep...peep

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    I did the same thing as your aunt and was convinced they were crosses too but I've since learned they are non-bearded silkies. Your photos look like roos. The only way I was able to tell which were roos and which were hens (because the males didn't get those little streamers) were the large combs, large waddles and the spur on the back of the leg (although one didn't get the spurs). I only had two crow. The hens are much smaller, smaller combs and waddles.
     
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  7. LilJoe

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    one pullet and one cockerel...
     
  8. MilesFluffybutt

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    I figured they were poorly-bred Silkies, but she was very adamant they were likely a Silkie-Leghorn cross. Based on height, weight and comb styles, I can see why she thinks that.

    I took in three of her five this afternoon. (Fingers crossed that they're hens.) The two pictured above are the ones I didn't want to take as they looked like roosters, and I have enough of those. Below are the three I took. The one of them has pigeon toes.

    Full Disclosure: she and I got them at the same store about a day apart. One of mine is feathered so it's genetically defective. No physical aliments. As poorly bred as these chickens are, they all have the sweetest personalities. Miles, my namesake and avatar, is better bred, but has the personality of a rabid badger. Though, he and I get on just fine. He's a decent rooster so I keep him around.

    How can you tell? They each weigh about 5 pounds, and the littlest one, which is pictured below (furthest back) weighs about 2 pounds. She's very dainty and meek.
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  9. RoostersAreAwesome

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    These three look like hens.
     
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    For real?! I'd be relieved if they are.
     

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