telling silkie chicks apart

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Katzinthehat, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Katzinthehat

    Katzinthehat Out Of The Brooder

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    My agri-science class is incubating chicks as a class project (that is where my family is getting our first dozen chicks once the school is done with them) and i am really hoping for a silkie chick! [​IMG] there are a couple of creamy colored eggs in the bator, but once they hatch, i predict that most of the chicks will look alike. are there any other chickens with more-then-four toes or are silkies the only breed? also, are there any other external ways to tell a silkie chick from others without being iffy?
    -future silkie lover
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Sultans I know are another breed that have five toes. Another way to tell is that silkies have feathered feet, and, depending on genetics, can have a vaulted skull and/or a top knot(the head poof). Also, they have black skin. I hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I think Silkies are the only breed to have black skin, so if the skin is black, its a silkie. Also check for 5 toes. Not all silkies have a vaulted head, so just forget about that, unless you see a black skinned chick with a vaulted head.
     
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  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    5 toes, black skin, vaulted head.
     
  5. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes 5 toe black skin flat comb sultans have a v comb

    here some pics of adults sultand and silkies there the only ones that would look alike when there young!
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  6. Katzinthehat

    Katzinthehat Out Of The Brooder

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    thnx peeps, but can you define 'vaulted head' for me [​IMG] , i'm kinda new to all this vocab [​IMG]
     
  7. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it means that there will be a small knot on top of the head where there crest will be but not all silkie babies get them
     
  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    A is the vaulted chicken head (usually seen on crested breeds).
    B is the skull of a non-crested bird.

    True, not all silkies will have a vaulted head, but it is desirable. Either way...if it has a vaulted skull and feathers on it's legs..pretty good chance it's a silkie.

    So...things to look for:
    5 toes (MAY have it)
    Black Skin
    Vaulted Skull (MAY have it)
    Beard (MAY have it)
    Feathers on legs
     
  9. Katzinthehat

    Katzinthehat Out Of The Brooder

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    thnx a bunch [​IMG]
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a picture of some silkie chicks so you know a lil better what to look for.

    Some buff silkie chicks
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