Silkie to cull or not to cull...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by itsalwayssomething, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. itsalwayssomething

    itsalwayssomething In the Brooder

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    I am so sorry I am new to this guess I posted a question in the introduction page and was quickly told that's not the place to do that. Hopefully I am in the right place this time. My question was I hatched some eggs from a breeder and one of my cuckoo's came out a pure white. I don't think its albino it has no pink eyes and the skin isn't a real pale black its more a medium color black. Is this a defective genes and something I need to cull, or is this a rarity and something I need to keep. I plan on learning more which is why I joined and attempt my own breeding and color project. image1.jpeg hannah 1.jpeg
     
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  2. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

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    Is it healthy? That should be a big consideration in culling. It is not an albino. How a white bird came from cuckoo parents is a mystery, but stranger things have happened and there is always the possibility that a mix up occurred. This bird is not show quality or even breeder quality but if it's healthy it would make a great pet.
     
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  3. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! Free Ranging

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  4. chelnic90

    chelnic90 Chirping

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    I will take it if you don't want it XD
     
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  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Culled or rehomed. That bird should not be in a Silkie breeding group.
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    I'm sure you could find a good home for it, despite not being show or breeding quality.

    If it's healthy it will make a great pet for someone. Silkies are especially favorites of children. No reason to cull it.
     
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  7. SuperMyke

    SuperMyke Chirping

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    Border line "ShowGirl" Lots of flare. I particularly like the ones everyone does not like. Reminds me of myself!:plbb
     
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