What's wrong with their feathers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jubaby, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Agreed. And to keep the lines genetically diverse, try to create two or three separate breeding lines (use unrelated smooth birds for this), then cross offspring from one line to another, then those offspring to the third.
     
  2. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

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    Hello Everyone! I haven't been around much lately, but someone emailed me and told me that my thread had been resurrected. LOL

    I still have the original pair of silkie americaunas, but the process of breeding them has been a nightmare and a very long process. After growing up together, the rooster suddenly turned on the hen and began to terrorize her. She freaked out and stopped laying for months. I separated them, and after several attempts to reunite them, just gave up. She hates him!

    Before all this happened, I was able to incubate one batch of eggs from them - resulting in 2 hens, 3 roosters. The offspring all look identical to the original pair - Silkie/Splash. So then I had to wait for these little ones to grow up and start laying. I've been waiting patiently since they turned 20 weeks for eggs, but they just barely started laying this week - at approx. 35 weeks old!

    I'm leaving town for the weekend, but plan to put some in the incubator next week to see if they are fertile. If they are - then I'll finally have some eggs to share. I have the old mama hen in a pen with the younger ones, and have been getting 2-3 eggs per day this week.

    I'll try to post some pictures when I get back next week. They are lovely birds!
     
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

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    ooOooOOooooOOOOHHHH I wannnnnt these.

    Count me in for being a loyal breeder of these birds if I can get some eggs (hint hint)
     
  4. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

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    waiting for pics of the youngens.. they (older pair) look so awesome
     
  5. ParkerVA

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    Do you have any black or blue regular feathered Ameraucanas?

    Don't forget that you can out cross them both to regular feathered Ameraucanas and produce F1 chicks carrying a recessive silkie gene. Then crossing those F1 chicks back to the silkie parents would result in 50% silkie feathered. Or you could take those F1 chicks and breed them together and get 25% silkie feathered and 50% carrying a recessive silkie gene. Outcrossing to regular feathered Ameraucana would be a good way to expand your gene pool and increase your numbers.
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Coolcoolcool!
     
  7. thechickonthehill

    thechickonthehill Songster

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    Waiting anxiously to see how your eggs hatch out.[​IMG] Sending good hatching vibes your way![​IMG] I want some of those eggs![​IMG]
     
  8. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

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    I finally have some pictures to share of my Rooster and Hens. The eggs in the incubator are due to hatch tomorrow. They were developing, but I think my egg turner got stuck for a few days before I realized it, and so I'm not sure how many will actually hatch. However, I do know the eggs are fertile, so I can now start sending eggs out to those who are interested. Currently I only have the silkie feathered ones. I would love to get some Blue/Black Pure Ameraucanas to breed with the silkie ones, but I currently don't have another pen to use. We recently purchased some additional land, and are planning to build a new chicken barn this spring.

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  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    How lovely! [​IMG]
     
  10. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

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    What color are the eggs?
     

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