White silkie with RED comb and eyes?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LarissaCluck, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Central Coast, CA
    So I have two silkies in the little flock I inherited. I know my in-laws bought them as pure silkies, but I guess you never know. Anyway one looks like a typical white silkie hen: blackish little comb and black eyes.However the other white silkie hen has a red comb and red eyes!

    What gives? Is this a possible variation, or is this possibly actually a mix and not all silkie? Honestly the red eyes are a little freaky. The other silkie is much prettier.
  2. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Red eyes...like actual red?...I'm not sure if it's too bold to say possibly albino silkie...They happen from time to time but I think we'd need pics to know for sure.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Sounds to me like typical hatchery quality. A lot of Silkies, especially from hatcheries like Ideal Poultry, have very poor quality Silkies to the point that their combs are not walnut in type, and their skin is not dark, and sometimes you'll even find Silkies without the required 5 toes.
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:... or red single combs, yellow legs, white skin.... need we go on?
  5. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Central Coast, CA
    5 toes...check. Black skin...so not albino. Just a crummy specimen, lol. I'll post a pic later, can't find my camera right now. Went out and looked at her closer, she has a red wattle too. Also she barely has a fro and her feathering is not nearly as fluffy as Queen Elizabeth ( my other Silkie).

    Not that it matters... I'm definitely not showing these, just a little flock I inherited for eggs and fun. But....her red eyes are creepy. The other hens don't like her either, lol.
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Hatcheries cross anything with anything and if it even remotely resembles what they are advertising, then they sell it under that assumed name. In the Silkies case... its the Silkie feathering - thats all they care about.
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    There is a silver allele that causes red/pink eyes. Pretty uncommon, though. Most likely it has bay eyes such as you would find in many other breeds. I believe this goes along with loss of melanin as indicated by the red comb & wattles. Putting your whole description together, I would say hatchery quality, although if needing a molt, even the best quality bird can look pretty non-fluffy.
  8. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Quote:x2 I once got a bird with a red comb and a yellow beak (black legs though) and at first I thought it was an albino. Now it's more likely the one I got just had a melanin deficiency or something of the like as it slowly darkened as it aged [​IMG]
  9. Justuschicks

    Justuschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2010
    Keswick, Virginia
    I have a pure silkie that hatched out and grew a scarlet red comb and wattle. He also has light skin and light beak. His feathers are white w/ a speck of blue here and there. When I contacted a silkie genetics gooroo (sp). They said that the silkie is pure, and is a cuckoo but possesses a recessive color blocking gene. I have been trying to find out more about this to see if anyone else has one. He has very nice toes and feathered feet. I am just not sure what to breed him with. This is an older pic of him and he has feathered out more.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I have a girl that is the same way. She is grey.

    She is also pure silkie. I've seen and held both her parents and they both had dark skin and walnut comb.


    She may not be up to standards, but I think she is adorable! She also has light brown eyes. She has all her toes.

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