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Ok so my silkie eggs are all starting to hatch today . My roo is a partrige and i have 2 buff and 1 partrige hens. T chicks are comming out black ,off white,blue splash and partrige and then there are the 3 chicks that came out looking bard rockish . All have 5 toes and are same size. I did have a barred rock roo that i sold 2 days ago and i thought he was never with my silkies hmm...mamas baby daddys maby? Anyway will the rock crosses have silkie fur or chicken feathers ,oh there leggs are feathered and they have 5 toes..Any clues on all the strange colors?
1 more ? how long dose the hen hold sperm in her ? and how many more silkie rock do i have to look foward to
Last edited by silkie_chick (06-17-2010 06:42:19)
i dont know the answer to anything besides that the hen can hold the sperm in her for upto 3 weeks after the last mating. Sorry
so..i am probably going to have several little 5 toed, black skinned,feather legged miniture rocks running around .any clue as to wether or not they will have feathers or silkie fluff?
I will just call them rockies.
Are they actually barred or are you just seeing a BR chick color? Solid black with white head spot?
When you mix colors you can end up with any color combination..........I had a buff roo and white hen and ended up with solid black silkie chicks who later on ended up with goldish highlights.
So unless you are seeing a definite BR color pattern there is still the chance of pure silkies with strange colors.
Oh yeah, I *think* the chicks would have to get the silkie feathering gene from BOTH parents in order to show it, so a silkie mix will have normal feathering.
They have the definate barred rock pattern they are in a brooder with some actual barred rock chicks and other then the size and black beak,feet and skin they all look the same. Black with white spots on there head a d white speckleing on there wings and back ..they dont have the white rumps though after closer evaluation 2 have 5 toes on right foot only and 1 has 5 toes on left foot only the othere have 5 toes on both feet.
hopefully they will all be hens and be awsome brooders maby