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Silkie/Leghorn (Please Help)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Foghorn-Leghorn46, May 23, 2011.

  1. Foghorn-Leghorn46

    Foghorn-Leghorn46 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three Silkies, 2 hens, 1 rooster. They are in a pen all by them selves, but a white pearl leghorn keeps getting in there every once in a while. so im guessing the silkie rooster mated with her because mixed with all the silkie eggs, there was a couple of leghorn eggs, and they hatched the other day, i can tell which ones are silkies, but theres 2 or 3 that is yellow with yellow beaks, they look just like baby leghorns with black spots on there back (may just be dirt). Has anyone had this happen? What will they look like?
     
  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Generally when leghorns mate with any other breed their offsdpring will develope black spots in them. Take a look at the California Whites, perfect example.
    Could make you a good broody hen if they are pullets.
    Goo luck.
     
  3. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a very good cross to use as broodies. They are much better then silkies.
     
  4. nzchicke

    nzchicke Out Of The Brooder

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    why is this a good x for broodies? just interested [​IMG]
     
  5. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because they lay much better then silkies so you can gat broodies anytime of the year. They are also bigger so are more useful for different eggs. I made this cross about 30 years ago when I was raising geese and they did a very good job hatching the eggs.
     

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