Silkie rooster with tail feathers. Cross?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by georgia531, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, sorry for a possibly stupid and redundant question but I have been searching for an hour. I was given 3 silkie roosters yesterday, had been looking for a white rooster for a long time.. i was so excited I got them home and noticed they have single combs. Ok i researched that, and thought well maybe still ok... so i go to look at them again, and 2 of the 3 have long curved tail feathers.. so now my heart is sinking... pure silkies dont have those feathers am I right? so bummed. and sorry for the stupid question.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Oh, I'm sorry for your disappointment, but I think your suspicions are correct, and you've got some silkie mixes. Especially with those single combs and hard feathers.........

    If you could post a pic that would be truly helpful,

    Sharon
     
  3. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your response... i will certainly post a picture, 1 of them doesnt have as much tail feathers as the other 2, but my white ladies are so perfect, I dont want to mix them.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    If they have silkie feathering, they are not first generation crosses. However, that does not mean that they are good (as in breeding or exhibition) quality. Certainly not desired to breed bad traits into good birds. If you post photos we can give you some opinions on whether they are worth using or not.
     
  5. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    TS? As in Tractor Supply? That would explain incorrect traits; hatchery birds frequently have issues with meeting breed standards. I'd suggest putting them on bug patrol and finding different birds for breeders. You can usually find decent roosters from breeders for less than same quality females.
     
  7. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm. does anybody know what they are? are they silkies? thank you again in advance..
     
  8. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PS.. i am not a show breeder, but i do sell babies so i dont want to mislead anyone, i need to know if they are silkies or not.
     
  9. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    They are Silkies, just really poor quality.
     
  10. georgia531

    georgia531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thank you so much.... :(
     

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