Silkie question..Faults...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by city silkies, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. city silkies

    city silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    All right , I have finally read most or all of the silkie posts on BYC.

    I have questions that I really never knew to question about.

    One main question is, as a newer silkie owner, starting a flock
    out for 2012, that would be as close to show stock as I can get.
    ( so inspired by the loverly pics on here)

    What is worse,

    Vulture hocks
    single/no comb
    to many/not enough/ toes
    med, dark skin/eyes.

    Can any of the above be breed out? If so how many generations?

    I ask as I have F11 and F12 stunning Frizzle showgirls in my
    project pens. While I have used only the best pure silkie roos I could
    find (in all 11 and 12 generations ), My first 3 generations where other
    hen breeds.

    Thank you for any info, as I don't want future generations
    to be permanently tainted. I started with making something I had
    never seen to now wanting to share these birds in showing some
    day.

    Jill
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Actually all or none of them is a serious DQ or fault.

    If you have a choice for a bird with 100% of the desirable traits against one with any of the things listed then, hands down, the 100% bird wins.

    Choosing which deficiency to work with all depends on the rest of the bird. If the type is there, if all of the traits are top notch then you can ignore a single comb or six toes. They can be worked with.

    The one thing I will never mess with again is wry tail, it does cross over in to the chicks quite easily. These other things you listed can be worked with if there is no other available specimen.
     
  3. city silkies

    city silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the impute, what is wry? tail? Will try
    to look this up, any thread leads?
    Jill
     
  4. city silkies

    city silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, another thing never knew about. Found
    pics on BYC, and will keep this for future reference.

    Any other thoughts out there?

    Jill
     
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I think toes are the hardest to deal with. After 3 years, I finally had my first year of hatching only one chick that did't have the proper 10 toes. I have continued to grow out and keep only the very best to add to my breeding flock and won't use a bird without the proper number of toes as a breeder.

    Single comb....a recessive trait that pops up every now and then for most every breeder.

    Vulture hocks...sell that bird!

    Eyes and skin that aren't quite dark enough...easy enough to work with if the bird is outstanding in every other way. Just be sure to breed to a properly melanized bird and check that pair's offspring to be certain that it's not showing up.
     
  6. ChobeeChickenMommy

    ChobeeChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. city silkies

    city silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    Again thank you so much for imput, the single comb is the one
    I am most concerned with, and you put me at ease a little.

    Melanized? I don't think I spelled correctly, but what is it?

    Thanks again
    Jill
     
  8. city silkies

    city silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you also for sharing the link on the standard, my issue is I have
    mainly frizzled showgirls.

    Is there a standard for them?

    Again thank you so much for all replies,
    warmly
    Jill
     
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    can you post some pics of your frizzled showgirls? They sound crazy CUTE!
     
  10. city silkies

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    O I would love to, have to find out how, will get some up asap.
    warmly
    JiL
     

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