Silkie experts please

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pbjmaker, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Is a domed head a more desireable trait on a silkie? Is that a specific gene?

    Just wondering - so far I have 3 new silkie chicks and one has a definate dome. I was even thinking of naming it and the first silkie to hatch Pinky and The Brain.
     
  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    It is a trait that happens. It doesn't neccessarily mean they will have a huge crest. I like mine to look like they have a button cap on. Nice flat round head. I have had some with huge crest with large Cone head when hatched.

    Here is an example of some with what i call button caps
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    This one was a cone head and has a great crest also.

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  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] cute babies [​IMG]
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
  5. One thing I have learned about silkies is really quite remarkable.
    They have a small hole in the top of their heads. Yep, if you drop them on their little pointy heads you could kill them. When I see a silkie in the barn dead from no apparent reason I attribute the death to this. It does not happen often, but it does happen. So this is where the "vaulted skull" comes in play. Not all silkies have this and I do believe and have seen in the 25 or so silkies that we have that it does not determine the top notch shape.
     
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  6. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Beautiful silkie babies! They are just so adorable when they're young, and then when they get older, too. i have two kids, eight weeks old tomorrow. One has a huge do. i can't even see her eyes anymore. Will take pics tomorrow!

    And, i've heard about that hole in the head thing. i understand that's why you don't want to house silkies with larger breeds, as a peck on the head could be deadly.
     
  7. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I have one EE pullet and one Cuckoo Maran pullet, but everything else I have is banty sized. I appreciate the warning about the bigger birds though. I knew they had a hole on the top of their head but didn't think about what would happen if someone pecked it.
     
  8. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:It did - thank you [​IMG]
     
  9. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    Quote:The hole in the head comes from the vaulted skull. Which means most (if not all) crested breeds have it.
     

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