Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by morganponies2, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. morganponies2

    morganponies2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do all Silkies have turquoise earlobes? I have five Silkies that I hatched out this summer and only the white one has turquoise ears......are the others just late bloomers???
     
  2. patty12

    patty12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ours are buff color and the ears are blue,
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    My whites, blues, splash, buff, and partridges all have blue ear lobes. [​IMG]
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

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  5. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine all have blue, 3 partridge and 1 white (she is hatchery). Even my silkie cross has blue.
     
  6. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    it's part of the standard that they have blue earlobes.
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It does take a few weeks to develop the blue color, but I would think they would have turned blue by now?
     
  8. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are supposed to have turquoise ears, but over the years some strains of show Silkie have been "enhanced" with other birds to increase the fluffiness, shorten the legs or add new colors, so there are other genes floating around out there. The Cochin has a red earlobe, which on a black skinned bird looks like a black earlobe... I have a few black earlobed Silkies myself, from a fairly well known breeder's hatching eggs. These are black and blue birds. I blame it on the introduction of Cochin blood.

    All my white Silkies hatched in June have very good blue ears - I think this is due to less mixing! Note, white was the original color of Silkies when they were first imported to the U.S.
     
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