Silkie thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. sager:)silkies

    sager:)silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    becuase silkies range in size i have seen really small ones and others huge compared to the small sized silkies
  2. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't let mine get muddy or wet. That's just me. Water doesn't roll off of them like a normal chicken. I feed them BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) everyday. Just a cup full and throw it on the ground. They don't roost-- or at least MINE don't. My hatchery quality birds can roost-- they are not quite so fluffy and don't have many issues getting off the ground. My nice show/breeder birds are nothing like that and they just lay in a pile. But when they are younger, they often will jump onto something higher to perch on. I pen them separately, too. But I do have my hatchery birds in with my layers-- those are tough birds. My others are too laid back and seem more "fluffy" in more ways than one. [​IMG]. You'll be hooked when you get into them, though.
  3. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    I love seeing everyones silkies and reading all the great info. Here are some pics of my 2 favorite silkies I have.

    Rosetta - 12 week old Partridge silkie

    Charming - 12 week old white silkie


  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your sweet silkies. They are very pretty!
  5. 3ChickensinNC

    3ChickensinNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    on the coast
    Just curious what it takes to breed to get a blue partridge. I have seen many on this thread and just think they are beautiful. Also love the paints, lavenders as well.
  6. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have no idea! I got my blue partridge by mistake (luck??) LOL! This was something that the breeder said she was working on. I bet Silver Silkie can clear up the genetics behind blue partridge and how to breed for one and what birds to use. [​IMG]
  7. Laingcroft

    Laingcroft Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    Okay, I'll give it a shot....

    Have you ever tried to paint a room in a lighter color than is already on the wall? If you don't prime it first, you will get leakage of color, usually in uneven patches. The dominant white gene (I) works like paint without primer over the rest of the color genes in the chicken. Black is covered completely, but red will leak if it is present. In this case, the chicken could have autosomal red, or one of the black "bases" like e+ that gives hens a salmon breast in addition to the 'I'. Because it is dominant, you only need one copy of the gene for it to express so it could come from either parent.

    With the recessive white, think of it as primer (a recessive 'c') plus the coat of paint (another recessive 'c') which provides complete coverage (masking) of any other color genes, black or red, that may be present. You get a pure white bird. This color needs the recessive gene from each parent i.e. two copies to express.
    Last edited: May 22, 2012
  8. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a splash and 2 blues hatch out partridge and then they feathered out proper colored...

    Also know others who get actual partridge out of BBS pens, not as uncommon as you'd think.
  9. BackyardBreeder

    BackyardBreeder Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2012
    Aack! I need some people who know their silkies to help me decide which batch of eggs to order! [​IMG]Can't decide!!!!
  10. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Breed a blue bird into the partridge, and thats your stepping stone... there are plenty partridge out there that are diluted already so its not too difficult. Catdance has some very gorgeous partridge and blue partridge birds, should think about buying eggs from her if you ever get a chance.

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