Silkie Leghorn Mix? Boy or Girl?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 5acresandadream, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. 5acresandadream

    5acresandadream Out Of The Brooder

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    These are my babies, they are 6 weeks old. Mothers are definitely leghorns, dad...not so sure. He was all white and looked just like the leghorn hens, but some of the babies that hatched have extra toes, black skin, and fluffy heads. I am thinking he must have been a silkie mix/mutt of some sort. I'm wondering which are boys and which are girls, as you can see some have larger crowns, but the more "Silkie" looking ones all look the same. Any ideas?


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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They do look to be silkie mixes. The ones with pink combs at that age will more than likely be roosters.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Do you have pictures of the rooster? Do you know for sure there was no other rooster? Crests and five toes aren't recessive, they're dominant or partially dominant, so you'd pretty much expect a parent to have them.
     
  4. 5acresandadream

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    The rooster was the only rooster. He didn't have any extra toes or a poofy head. He honestly looked just like a Leghorn, so I was super surprised when these peeps hatched and I saw how different they looked.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Are they your eggs, from your own flock? If not, I'm thinking there was a wandering rooster, cause that just doesn't follow the rules of genetics. Lots of folks will discount a silkie rooster, thinking they can't/won't breed a different breed hen.
     
  6. 5acresandadream

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    It was my own flock. I had 6 white leghorns and the rooster.
     
  7. 5acresandadream

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    [​IMG] he is there to the right hand side
     
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  8. 5acresandadream

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    [​IMG] here he is again in the middle
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    very strange - maybe a mixed silkie roo dropped down from the sky.
     
  10. 5acresandadream

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    My mother and I were just saying that, we were making jokes about the movie "chicken run" lol. It looks like I must have a genetic miracle on my hands.
     

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