we have babys!!!

oldgsr

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 25, 2011
23
2
24
NewZealand(waikato)
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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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nurse_turtle

Songster
8 Years
May 28, 2011
3,518
103
201
Foothills of NC
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.
 

17roses

Songster
11 Years
Jan 20, 2009
554
0
139
Greene County, TN
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.
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danischi24

Loves naked pets
11 Years
Aug 17, 2008
1,593
16
186
Australia
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.
 

kentuckysilkies

Songster
12 Years
Feb 20, 2007
945
4
161
Winchester Kentucky
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.
 

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