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Silkie Rooster mixed with Red Sex-Link Hen: Fertile, but Viable?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SleepyHollowFnF, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. SleepyHollowFnF

    SleepyHollowFnF In the Brooder

    I out of curiosity tried incubating some eggs from our large hens that moved in with our silkies a couple months ago on the off chance the little silkie roosters were feeling brave. I was very surprised to see several of them were fertile. But by the time day 21 came and went, no hatching. I waited for four more days and still nothing, so I decided to continue being curious and see what was inside. 2 of the eggs were early quitters with nothing other than a bunch of yolk. One of them had turned green and there was a blackened mass of chick shaped moosh.

    The last remaining one though had a nearly fully formed chick in it. I was really sad to see this because it looked like it had been so close to getting out. Unfortunately it looked extremely cramped in the shell (in my opinion). I'm not sure how it died, but I was even more interested by the fact that it seemingly had the silkie extra toe on the foot. Does anyone have experience with silkie hybrids? Do you think this chick, and ones that are in the incubator now could have had / would have a chance at surviving and hatching?

    Im attaching a picture in hopes of getting any info in regards to cause of death / stage of death and or guesses on viability of these hybrid chicks.
    Also any ideas on what to expect form hybrid chicks. This one looks like a silkie to me. Could I expect giant silkies from the cross?



  2. WillGriffin03

    WillGriffin03 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2016
    Macedon Ranges
    Maybe it would've survived
  3. SleepyHollowFnF

    SleepyHollowFnF In the Brooder

    It was quite a few days past due and no signs of life when it was opened. It appeared to be very tightly cramped into the membrane. So you suspect others will hatch?

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