silkies and their feathered feet *with pics!*

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by joe17, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    I have silkie chicks right now and when they were a couple days old, they all had feathers on their middle toe. Now that they are about 2 or 3 months old, it looks like they are loosing feathers. This doesnt make sense because the others still have good feathering. I have them on shavings and always have. When they hatch with feathered middle toes, does that mean that they should have good feathered feet in the future? I will post pictures of their feet in a little while.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010
  2. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Here are the pictures. Other than the feet, the silkie is beautiful. Since she is 2 and a half months old with no feathered feet, should I cull her?

    This is when the silkie was a chick


    This is the silkie now

    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    she is cute!!!!!
  4. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    [​IMG] I can't get it to show me the pics
  5. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

    Jan 27, 2010
    same here [​IMG]
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Quote:Yep no pics [​IMG]
  7. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Two to Three months is early to tell what degree of foot feathering they will have. At that age they start to lose their juvenile plumage which is replaced with new feathers, I've had growing silkies with blood feathers on the middle toe at 6 months, depending on the the bird(or line) some feather in slower then others. If you see no pins or blood feathers at that age then I would say they will have very poor foot feathering.

    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010
  8. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    She could be molting or breaking off feathers if she went from that many to that few. However that significant a colour change makes no sense. I don't think it's the same bird.
  10. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    If its not that one then its one of these.

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