would you breed them?

joe17

Songster
10 Years
Nov 25, 2009
1,565
8
161
Louisiana
Would you breed a silkie that doesnt have feathers up to her middle toe??? If I would breed it to a rooster that has a lot of feathering, would the offspring have nice toe feathering? Ohh and what is considered good toe spacing? Can the toes touch? Or can the spacing be different on each foot?
 

ScaredOfShadows

Songster
9 Years
May 18, 2010
3,285
29
198
Semora NC - on the VA line
I'm no expert by no means, in fact I'm just a hobby keeper but I have been shown what to look for in good silkies...

you CAN breed a silkie with no middle toe feathering if she has good standards elsewhere to another silkie that has great feet and toe feathering but may lack something the other has. You want to breed two birds with different faults/short comings to counter act each other.

Toe spacing = I dont know how to explain the standard - i'm not 100% clear on it or how important spacing / lengths of toes are...

5 toes, no fused toes, no double toe/toenailed, generally good spacing. are all I know to look for in a good silkie foot. lol -


hope this helped some. If not its a bump for an expert
 

SundownWaterfowl

Crowing
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
9,764
65
293
Southern Columbia County NY
I wouldnt breed it, because I have lots of others to choose from. But if you dont have another choice, breed it with a bird that has massive foot feathering and see what you get with the chicks. You may find the foot feathering is still bad, better, or great.


Read this thread on the toe issue. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=333742


Are
you a member of the ASBC? If not, you should join. The yearbook has 4 breeders listed in there from LA.

Why not try hatching eggs again? Here are some nice ones b/b/s listed in the hatching section. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=359953
 
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