1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Which is harder to select against in Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by emys, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Which is the most difficult to correct through cross breeding; bad toes (he has 6 on each foot!), split wing feathering, or poor foot feathering?

    Sounds like I should just find some better roosters right? Oh well, they are just pets, but, I'm curious.
     
  2. With the poor foot feathering, you can mate the rooster to a hen with great foot feathering, and see what the chicks turn out to have. Some will probably have good foot feathering. I wouldnt breed a bird with more or less than 5 toes because all the chicks, even if they have the normal amount of toes, they will carry the gene. Wouldnt breed a bird with split wing either.
     
  3. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Thanks, that's about what I thought. The toes seemed like the hardest to correct.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: