Silkie Hatchling Vaulted Skull-Huge! Normal? PIC

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by IroquoisEgg, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    I have never hatched a Silkie like this before. First she had trouble hatching so I helped out...there was no way she was going to make it out by herself-the way she was positioned with a leg blocking the access to more shell to zip. Anyway- here is a picture of her. Her fur is dry-just stuck together. Check out her head though! Is it normal for the vault to be this big?? She's pretty weak in comparison to the others.

  2. Gordonhillfarm

    Gordonhillfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Yes it is normal for vaults to be that big -- It does make them very tender . Make sure you keep it away from more agressive chicks that bump on it's head is actually it's brain !! If you go to brown egg blue egg site he gives you all the info your ever going to need on vaulted skulls in silkies ~~~~ Tammy

    Ps : just so you know -- Silkies don't have fur , they have feathers just like any other bird - just no barbs to hold them together .
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    here is
    one of mine hatched this week,
    vaults are not something I really breed for it doesn' t seem to make a huge difference in the crest size in the adults
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  4. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    Fair Oaks, CA
    Thanks! I was fearing the worst, but hoped it was normal. I have hatched lots of silkies but none with a vaulted skull. Would that make it hard for them to hatch? Thank for the tip about the "fur" I knew about their faethering and lack of barbs but wasn't sure what to call baby feathers? Is "down" the correct term? [​IMG]
  5. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    It's normal. I think it can make some have a harder time hatching, but mine have done a fair job of doing so. Usually if you're ending up with sticky chicks it's something else.
  6. ChickenPox

    ChickenPox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Middle GA
    Muddy, that is the cutest chick ever!

    Iroquios.....some of my chicks have huge vaults too! I don't try for it.....and I'm actually kinda glad when they hatch without them. But I haven't had any problems from the vaults, so far anyway. Good luck with it!
  7. BantamAshley

    BantamAshley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2018
    Syracuse, NY
    What color is this silkie?! I have one just like it, a sort of black and grey partridge look. What does it grow up to be?

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