Silkie feathers and crossing

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lilliesanchicks, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. lilliesanchicks

    lilliesanchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2013
    I have a Buff Silkie roo in with a red and a buff cochin bantam pullets,now will all the chicks hatch have hard feathers or will I get a few with silkie feathers?

    I just ordered a Assorted Cochin Bantam Special and am hoping for at least one Frizzle pullet to put with him as well so I can have some of those Sizzles.
    Will a Frizzle Silkie cross have more of a chance for soft feathers?
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The gene that causes silkie feathers is recessive, so you will not get it in a first generation cross. The gene that frizzles the feathers, and is unrelated to the gene that "silkies" them. Hard/soft feathers are a third factor. Cochins and brahmas have soft feathers. OEGB, moderns and RIR have hard feathers.
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