Which is harder to select against in Silkies

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

  1. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    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. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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