Silkie question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bettacreek, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    So... silkies have black skin, we all know this. I have a blue silkie with pitch black skin, and I have a black silkie/cochin mix with pitch black skin. Well, bought some bantam EE eggs awhile back, and got two surprise eggs. They hatched out silkies or silkie mixes. Can't get ahold of the breeder, but I'd like to know if they're pure or mixies. They've got the head tuft that my blue silkie had, the five toes, etc, but, their skin is more of a slate color than black. So, are they pure or mixies? If they're pure, I have to kiss the breeder (member of this forum!) because I've been wanting a white silkie. [​IMG] If they're mixies, well, hopefully they're mixed with the bantam EE's, lol.
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Slate skin is acceptable. Have the feathers come in? That is one pretty sure way to know if they are pure or a mix--silkie feathering is recessive, so a first generation cross will not have silkie feathering.
     
  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    They're just barely coming in now. As inexperienced as I am, since the feathers are still basically "rolled up", I can't tell. The main reason I wondered was because of the skin. I'm thinking that they may be pures. Wasn't expecting to receive pure surprise eggs, and especially not in a breed and even the color that I was looking for, lol.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    As the feathers at the end of the wings open up, watch to see if they are tattered or not. Tattered, fringe-looking will indicate silkie feathers [​IMG]

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you [​IMG]
     
  5. missfitch

    missfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any pictures?
    This is mine at 3 weeks old
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    Hope that helps
     
  6. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine look identical to your white chickie, besides the feathers being less developed. [​IMG] I'm thinking that they are purebreds. How awesome is that?
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Oh yeah! You have silkies!
     
  8. missfitch

    missfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats awsome!!!
    the top one is a white silkie and the bottom started white and turned into a splash!!! I love suprises, they look like little bunny chicken crosses, they have bunny tails!!!!! Hope you enjoy!!!!
     
  9. Bettacreek

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    Hrmm. Well, I compared the silkie feathers to the other birds that were hatched on the same day, and I'm thinking definately silkie feathers. [​IMG] I could kiss the breeder! I'm just floored that my random surprise eggs were exactly what I was looking for, lol.
     
  10. Bettacreek

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    Maybe the feathers are more developed than I had thought, lol. I'm just not experienced with chickens (oldest chickies are about 6 weeks, never had them before those).
     

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