Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 16392horse, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. 16392horse

    16392horse Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a black Silky and she has black earlobes. Is that a bad thing and she and my roster have 6 toes?
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Black earlobes sound about normal. I think it's nothing to worry about.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Silkies should have turquoise blue earlobes.
     
  4. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WHOA! 6 toes only? lol JK

    Silkies should just have 5 toes each foot. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011
  5. kelar

    kelar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies should have turquoise earlobes and 5 toes. The sixth toe is a DQ (disqualification). It's a recessive gene that will show up a percentage of the time if both parents carry it.
     
  6. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    My silkie has six toes, that's perfectly normal.
     
  7. reesepoultry

    reesepoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    <3ChickenForever :

    My silkie has six toes, that's perfectly normal.

    That's not perfectly normal.

    Silkie standards are 5 toes on each foot with turquoise ear lobes.​
     
  8. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I've never had silkies before, never really been around them much except at state and county fairs, etc., but I've always thought they were kinda hip (my age is showing, I know). Anyway, I have 7 silkie eggs in the incubator so hopefully will have our first silkie hen soon! Is it easy to sex them as chicks, or do you have to wait a while? How do you sex them? I really don't know a lot about them and will be selling most of the babies (will keep 1 pullet if I get one, the rest will be sold/given away).
     
  9. <3ChickenForever

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    Yes it is normal for mine at least. Nothings wrong with that.
     
  10. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    OOPS! sorry guys, i mean 5 toes are perfectly normal. 6 toes arent!
     

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