Smooth Silkies

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  1. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have an explanation of smooth silkies?
    I hatched eggs from someone a couple years ago. From those eggs I got 1 really nice small blue hen, but she feathered in smooth.
    I've been hatching eggs from her as well as the rest of my flock and the last hatch I had 3 out of 5 feather in smooth.

    How does this gene work in silkies? Is there a reason to keep it in my flock or should I cull for it?

    (I only have them for fun, don't show. But do sell eggs for hatching)
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know just starting out with silkies I love them
    DON'T CULL IT
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The silkie gene is recessive. Both parents have to carry it (be silkie feathered) for the offspring to be silkie feathered.
     
  4. Icravepoultry

    Icravepoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post pics
     
  5. littlemissbatam

    littlemissbatam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People usually use them for breeding more frizzle silkies
     
  6. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have pics of the blue smooth hen I mentioned above but this is one I just hatched (from someone elses eggs). Shes pure silkie like my blue hen. Both are smooth feathered though
     
  7. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somewhere along the bloodline there was an oops in the breeding pen.
     
  8. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you please elaborate?
     
  9. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your slikies are not pure.
     
  10. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my understanding, the silkie gene is recessive so the birds need 2 copies in order to be silkie feathered. Hence how smooth shows up now and then (was told this by 2 different breeders so feel free to chime in if you feel different).
    So I believe that they are in fact true silkies. I am just wondering how the smooth gene comes into play. If it's necessary to better silkie types or anything along those lines. Similar to how its best to breed a frizzle and a smooth rather than 2 frizzles... etc
     

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