Will a Silkie Roo mate with Standards?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsgibber, May 5, 2009.

  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone.

    I have what I believe to be a Silkie Roo. He's only 10 - 11 weeks so I know it's a little early to tell but my gut is telling me it's a boy based on the many Roo like behaviors I've seen him display.

    Anyway, I have four other hens that are Standards plus a bantam Belgian Quail Antwerp. Will the silkie mate with the Standards? I have an EE, Golden Comets and a Black Sexlink.

    Also, if it does mate with them or the antwerp how odd would the offspring be if they hatched? Would them be genetically healthy do you think?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
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    Yes, he can and will mate with them. [​IMG]

    ETA because I didn't totally answer your question. Some will have dark skin, some wont. Some will have 5 toes and others wont. It's just a toss up. I have silkie mixes that have 4 toes on one foot and 5 on the other. They should be genetically healthy though . [​IMG]
     
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  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine Black Silkie does but tends to grab their heads to control them so there are many of them that have feathers missing on their heads. Needless to say I'm trying to find a home for him.
     
  4. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm...interesting. It seems unlikely right now since the hens are bigger than he is and they don't take any of his you know what...but I'm sure as he comes into his own that will change.
     
  5. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a blue silky rooster in with a bunch of mixed chicken hens. that was about 5 or 6 years ago. He mated with every single one of my hens. Dont ask me how because some were signifigantly larger than him. I got a bucnh of cool looking chicks !! He must have not had very dominant genes because none of them came out looking like him but they all had feathers on their feet & legs like silkies. All were healthy & all died of natural causes. All except my two old men that i still have to this day !!

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    this is ray. he is blind & is one of my silkie's sons.



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    this is old man as i call him. hes ray's brother. & he is one of the prettiest birds ive owned !!

    You cant really see the feathers on thier feet, but they are 100% healthy.. theyre almost 6yrs old too
     
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Cockerels are literally a Force of Nature. If Obama could bottle them, he could stop worrying about domestic energy issues.

    That said, your cockerel will mate anything resembling a female. You may want to keep an eye on your purse, if you get my meaning.

    How odd would the offsrping be? Well, I think you've chosen the right word, "odd." How odd? That is a matter of taste, I suspect.
     
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  7. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My white silkie roo, Freddy Mercury, because of his deep love for my Brahmas. He does love his fat bottomed girls. He climbs to the top of the big girls and goes for it. Sometimes he falls off, but they don't laugh at him [​IMG] So yeah, if a silkie can mate a giant Brahma, they can mate anything.
     
  8. Ky Chicken Fan

    Ky Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi, I had 2 of my Comet hens in the Silkie pen over the winter (the girls were bullies and no one else could control them but the Silkie roos). As a joke I hatched a couple of their eggs with a batch of Silkie eggs. Here are Tera and Dac as babies [​IMG] They are really pretty now (well, at least the hen is, the boy isn't bad though). I hatched 2 more about 6 weeks ago, and seem to have gotten another pair, they are about as cute as the first pair. All 4 are very healthy. I'll get some more pics tomorrow. So yes, he WILL breed the hens, but you will probably get some cute chicks out of it. Good luck!
     
  9. Ky Chicken Fan

    Ky Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are Tera and Dac today as promised. They are about 5 1/2 months old I guess. He is kinda wild, but I think she is very pretty.
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    Read somewhere that Silkies bred to other chickens are sex-linked. If the roo is the Silkie, the pullets will have the black skin and the roos skin like their mothers. So far it seems to be correct, but I only have 4 birds to test the theory with.
     
  10. Davaroo

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    Quote:Okay, now those are some kinda cool looking hybrids. They have the look of "real" chickens, with some interesting "accessories."
     

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