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silkie feather question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MNmommy, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also posted this on the genetics board too but thought you guys could answer it too



    I bought 4 silkies from a breeder that says he breeds show quality birds. I have a question regarding the way the feathers are coming in. I don't plan on showing any of my chickens but i did pay more for them compared to a hatchery and I was just wondering if the black ones might be mixed with something else? They are all 11 days old so I know they have a lot of feather to still come in but they just look so different on the wings. Or do some silkies have the flatter normal looking feathers versus the fur look??

    I have 2 black ones that look like this. Their feathers seem more flat and normal bird like. (don't mind my lack of terms [​IMG] ) they also have a real lack of feather on the feet compared to the other 2. They also are much bigger and heavier.

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    the other 2 are much smaller in stature and their feathers look like this with much more feathering on the feet.

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  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    return them, or get a refund.

    Those 2 bigger ones are crosses, silkie feather is a rec trait...

    silkie x silkie = 100% silkie
    silkie x smooth (non carrier) = 100% smooth carrying silkie.

    ..... on the other hand, if you're looking for broodies, those 2 will be the best around (if they're hens).
     
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Agreed. The first chick you posted is some type of cross. The feathers are WAY too smooth.
     
  4. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I left him an email telling about the 2 birds. We will see what he says. But do you guys know a 100% it is crossed?? Incase he tells me some silkies have smooth feathers I want to feel confident about my claim.
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No silkies have smooth feathers. Silkie feathering is recessive, so any pure silkie out of 2 silkie-feathered parents will have silkie feathers. If any smooth feathered bird not carrying the silkie gene is bred with a silkie feathered bird, 100% of the offspring would be smooth feathered, het for silkie feathering. That chick is a mix.
     
  6. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UGGGGGG I just called him and he said he would give me credit for next year. I'm like I won't need to buy chicks next year because we can only have a set number of chickens where I live and I don't need anymore and I thought I was buying pure silkies. He said they bought some new line at a show and thought they were getting pure silkies. We kept running around the issue that I didn't get what I paid for and all he kept saying was next year I can have credit!!!! UGGGGG so now i am stuck with crosses that if they turn out to be roos I can't even turn around and sell them. I am just really disappointed. I don't know i guess I will see what they turn out to be and hopefully they will be sweet hens??? or else they will be freebies for someone.


    I feel like calling him back and say hey I will bring these 2 back to you and you can give me 2 "real" silkies now.


    what would you guys do??
     
  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I won't take the offer of any credit.... return the bird to him and get your money back... no point feeding something you'll have difficulty to get rid of later.
     
  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Tell him you'll return the bird! Either get a pure one somewhere else or have him give you a pure one. If it ended up a bad buy for him, doesn't mean it should be a bad by for you.

    I know mine are pure, they just aren't the most gorgeous! But not have normal feathering, just the classic feathering. Plus that bird isn't even pure black?!?! It has a grey gene somewhere?!

    Let him know you are not accepting a credit... he needs to replace the bird or your money.
     
  9. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, you should tell him you want to return the mixes and you want either a refund or pure silkies in exchange.

    Quote:The chick is blue.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Ask to return the birds and get your money back. Of course, some sellers (including me), wont take birds back due to biosecurity reasons.

    I would tell him that you want your money back. Its not right at all.
     

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