When do my Silkie become fluffy?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chickenjerkey, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Chickenjerkey

    Chickenjerkey New Egg

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    Hello,

    I'm a total newbe silkie chicken owner. My question is that my silkies are 13 week (black one) and 10 weeks (buff one) and both still have the appearance of having feathers and not pure silkie fluff like the silkie chickens I see online. Do they eventually turn more fluffy looking or it more likely that I don't have pure silkies?

    I adore them regardless, but my kids wanted silkies because they look like they have silk fur instead of feathers and mine don't have that appearance/feel and the shafts are still very noticeable in the feathers.

    Thanks for any info you can offer.

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  2. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have always been Silkie from the start. I would guess that they may not be pure silkies this is a pic of some of mine at 12 weeks[​IMG]
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    They should be almost from birth. Either these are poor hatchery grade birds or silkie crosses.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Those are definitely mixes.
     
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Silkie mixes.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Your birds are silkie mixes. the gene for the pretty silkie feathers is recessive, so once you cross a silkie to a non-silkie, you don't get those soft feathers anymore, sorry. what you see now is what your birds will have. The're sure cute little things, though!
     
  7. Chickenjerkey

    Chickenjerkey New Egg

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    Thank you for all the responses. At least now I know. All good.
     

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