we have babys!!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by oldgsr, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. oldgsr

    oldgsr Out Of The Brooder

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    below is the 3rd chick of the batch(notice how shes not silkie)

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    all 3x are babys of the hen and rooster below - can anyone tell me what they think mum and dad are?


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  2. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting bunch you have there [​IMG]
    Um, I dont think they are pure silkies (if they are even silkies)
     
  3. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    silkie mix? dnt look pure silkie
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somewhere in genetic-land there's a copy of the gene that prevents the protein that holds the feathers into feather shape. Clear as mud....someone who knows more about silkie genetics will know more. Breeds of chickens can be "silkied" without being a silkie.
     
  5. 17roses

    17roses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool they are silky feathered! Even with one pure Silkie parent the offspring do not have silky feathers. This is obviously a cool gene that has come out in your stock. You should definately work on developing it. [​IMG]
     
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    17roses Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    I don't think that they have any silkie blood. They are just a shoot off mutation. Silkie feathering appears in several breeds as sports.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Silkies don't have comb like that - they have a walnut comb (it is NOT a tumor)
     
  9. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The gene for Silkie feathers is a recessive gene. Birds can carry the gene in a lineage for generations without it ever being expressed. Your parent birds are lovely mix breeds that probably had Silkie in their blood line several generations back. Both hen and rooster carry the recessive Silkie feather gene and as luch would have it the 2 offspring got the gene from each parent and it is expressed.
     
  10. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you look at mom, she has black skin like a silkie. Dad sure is pretty!
     

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