Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by silkieluver_07, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    This is a cross my friend wanted to experiment with.

    Orphington x Silkie

    Has anyone crossed these two breeds to get a Sorphie? If you have, could I see some pictures?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    No, I do not cross breed chickens.

    The proper breed name is Orpington. Orpingtons are a big heavy breed chicken. My rooster weighs in at 4 or 5 times what a silkie would. I would be very surprised if a orp roo did not seriously injure a silkie hen trying to mate her. Depending on the silkie roo and the orp hen - that is another possibility.

    Why do you want to cross breed the two? Wouldn't you rather work on perfectly one breed or the other to raise your flock to meet the Standards of Perfection for either breed?

    Just because you can do something doesn't always make it the best thing tha you should do.
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    Why would you take a perfectly good breed of chicken and cross it with a silkie ? + Missprissy points some very good Biological and logistical problems as well.

  4. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Castroville, Texas
    If you want a buff colored silkie like chicken why not get a buff silkie? Or cross the silkie with a bantam orpington if you really really want a cross of those?
  5. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    [​IMG] im sorry everyone, my friend was just wondering about it. thanks missprissy about correcting my spelling error
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    my friend does already have buff silkies also
  7. ella

    ella Songster

    I do cross chicken breeds I only hatch maybe 10 chicks a year- don't think I'm going to be perfecting any breed standard that way. My purebreds hardly even meet their breed standard! [​IMG]

    Tell your friend to go with a standard- not bantam silkie on a Buff Orp hen and go for it if she likes. I don't know anyone who has done it but I bet it would make a wonderfully tempered fluffy buff cutie pie. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2008
  8. wclawrence

    wclawrence Songster

    I do have some actual advice that may help your friend.

    Use only good colored buffs, as the genotype for buff silkies may be different than for Buff Orps.

    Use a silkie rooster over a orpington hen. that way no one gets hurt.

    learn how the genes pass from one generation to the next.
    Silkie feathering is recessive and will take two generations to get back.

    Do what ever you want to.
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
  10. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Quote:Okay, you've got me here.

    Are there really both standard and bantam silkies?

    Oh my.....I thought all silkies were bantams....

    Can someone confirm one way or the other....



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