Sillies without head tufts?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by gypsyroseplus6, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. gypsyroseplus6

    gypsyroseplus6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2012
    I have 4 sickies but none of them have head that normal?? Are they not pure silkie?
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Did you get them from a hatchery or feed store, or from a breeder? Silkies are supposed to have crests on their heads; this is a breed characteristic. However, hatcheries tend to breed more for quantity than for how well birds represent their breeds. Birds from hatcheries often look "kind of" like a pure breed, but they can sometimes lack certain traits. Many hatchery Silkies lack the head crests or have only small ones. They may not be mixed breeds, but they haven't been selected to have the head tuft trait.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have two birds from Ideal that don't have crests. Well, much of one, anyway. Or beards. They're otherwise pure silkie, just not very good quality.

    Here's Beth...


    and her honey, Glen.

  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    I'm sorry to say that hatchery quality Silkies often fall short of SOP standards including such defects as single combs rather than walnut combs, stiff feathers where they should only have silky feathers, and very little in the way of a crest (like yours and the ones in donrae's pics). There is nothing wrong with these Silkies; they are perfectly fine chickens to own, but don't plan on entering them in any poultry shows.

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