which boy to keep?(silkies)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lindy, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. lindy

    lindy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have two boys and cant decide which one to keep. one is a year old and has been with the flock. the other one is born this spring/summer he is black. the older one is blue.

    The negatives on each,
    The blue doesnt have feathering on his third toe
    The black has some red tinge to his hackles and is missing a toenail, but has tons of feathering.
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    The black boy is really black just has some red tinge like i said, he also has a different look then the older one.
    please let me know which one looks better. The older guy has had chicks, They do not have a lot of feathering on there third toe, but i do have one pullet that has lack of feathering on that toe also.
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    The first 2 pictures is a different boy than the last 3? If so, I pick the first male.
     
  3. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Louisiana
    Quote:I prefer the first boy. His type is pretty good although his cushion isn't the best. You may have to cull heavy on the offspring with the golden hackles.
     
  4. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. lindy

    lindy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks i was really surprised.I was not sure if the first one was better looking, He is totally different looking then the older guy. The older guy is going to molt to keep things fair.
    so is the no toe nail really easy to breed out? The other black i have from the same breeder is a pullet, she has no red, all the roos i got out of the batch had some or alot of red tinge once they started crowing.
    [​IMG] here is another roo from the same batch as the first black, he is a bit older but they both look different so they probably had different parents?.This guy is going to the butcher shop as soon as i can find one.
    I am trying to get down to one roo. of course i have chicks so we will see how many boys i will get
    thanks all for taking the time to answer
     
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  6. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Louisiana
    Quote:That black boy's nail isn't that big of an issue. It could have ripped off or something.... As long as it has a toe, I would breed it.
     
  7. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a lot blacks have leakage ususly just boys
     
  8. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    #1, He has a great "S" shape! [​IMG]
     
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  9. lindy

    lindy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i did nt know they are supposed to have an S shape, thats neat, he is really a nice boy so far.
     
  10. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC

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