silkie sumatra cross? for asian cutomers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by nwfl, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    has anyone tried a silkie/sumatra cross for black meat? i have searched and googled but found nothing. posted in the breed/genetics discussions but this may be a better place.

    i have a lone black sumatra hen and 2 silkies given to me in a group of 22 mixed birds that i need to do something with. my own flock is seperated into groups in different coops- layers and some breeders, roosters have their own pens and a silkie flock. we discussed what we will do with most of the birds but have thought this black skin cross might work. as feathering is not an issue putting the sumatra into the silkie flock might be a good place for her.
     
  2. MNShepherdess

    MNShepherdess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reading this post, my imagination started running...long tailed silkies....They'd look like angora guinea pigs with all that "hair" LOL. Sorry, never thought about it. I know lots of people just raise PQ silkies for their Asian customers, they go ga-ga for them here too. Silkies, muscovies, and any rooster with a large red comb, preferably a red feathered bird. I would guess that your best bet would be to ask them? That's the best way to see what they prefer :)
     
  3. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they want dark meat and bones. im thinking about offspring. im assuming i will get dark meat and bones from the offspring of this hen. and surely they will grow quicker than the silkies
     
  4. Naamahbengals

    Naamahbengals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, anytime you have a silkie male cover any other breed, the flesh is black.
     
  5. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about silkie hens? If they are covered by any other breed of rooster, will the offspring's flesh be black as well? I don't know anything about silkie genetics and was just curious.
     
  6. Naamahbengals

    Naamahbengals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you breed a light fleshed roo to a silkie hen, the offspring will have light or light grayish flesh.
     
  7. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I didn't know if it was some sort of sex linked genetics or not.
     
  8. Shaudette

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    I have crossed the two and they are some of the most bbeautiful birds I have had so far. I have a coop with mixed 3 silkie roosters with only sumatras rooster. I can tell which one is the father in the roosters but not all of the hens. My sumatras rooster is a beautiful large colorful red and his son is too.
     

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