What On Earth?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TinkleTurkey, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the spawn of my silkies. First one of theirs i've hatched. There is no chance that it's cross bred with any other breed. Ok, am I crazy because I dont think this is what a silkie is supposed to look like!

    it has 4 toes, not five (maybe the fifth one isnt visible yet?)
    and whats with the big bubble on his head?

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  2. cococrisp

    cococrisp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know. Maybe wait till he fluffs out to get a better look. Maybe a different egg just snuck in there????
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The "bubble" is probably the vaulted skull you're looking at. Like Polish, Silkies should have a large bump on the top of their head; It is a part of their skulls. Often hatchery type Silkies don't have this though, which is why it can appear so unusual to most people.
     
  4. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vaulted skull you say? Its huge! I'm glad he's not deformed, then.

    What about the 4 toes?
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Vaulted skull it is. Four toes, not a good thing. Does it have 5 on the other foot? That's what a silky looks like other than the 4 toes. (Actually, it is deformed, but it's a deformity people have selected for. Carried away and too excessive, it can lead to neurological problems.)
     
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  6. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear... It has 4 toes on each foot with no sign of a 5th... But all my breeders are proper looking silkies with 5 toes. Do you suppose my breeders are genetically defected?
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not saying this is the wrong forum. But it occurred to me you might get some wiser people if you made a thread on the breeds and genetic forum. I suspect this is a case of not getting what you want to are select for.
     
  8. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    I've seen several 4 toed silkies. It isn't the proper thing and is probably a recessive showing up. This is your first batch and I'm sure your next few batches will let you know for sure.
     
  9. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok now he's fluffed out and looks quite like a normal silkie baby. Its just that I've never seen one not fluffed out I had no clue they had that bump on their head!

    I'll have to wait till the other hatch to find out whats the deal with their toes...
     
  10. samdeano

    samdeano New Egg

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    that is all i hatch,don`t worry.it as a good skin color,was it from a splash?[​IMG]
     

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