Silkie hen

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by Kokoschicks, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Kokoschicks

    Kokoschicks New Member

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    I have a question. My Silkie hen has what it looks like is spurs on her feet! How can this be if she is a hen? She has laid eggs before and she is 10 months old. But stopped laying through winter. Does this mean anything or could I get some info on this? Thanks!

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  2. Kokoschicks

    Kokoschicks New Member

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    And she is obviously not a good breed Silkie because she doesn't have perfect feathered feet! But she and my Silkie rooster were bought as Silkie chicks!
     

  3. rob

    rob New Member

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    i can see 5 toes, wich all silkies have but cant see the spurs ?
     
  4. Kokoschicks

    Kokoschicks New Member

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    Seeing the bottom. On this pic you can see it better its right where a spur on s rooster would be

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  5. kaufranc

    kaufranc Junior Member

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    No feathers either. That's weird. Maybe she is a mix?
     
  6. Kokoschicks

    Kokoschicks New Member

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    Well she was bought from a hatchery but I guess some silkies don't have feathered feet if their not show quality
     
  7. Kokoschicks

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    Her brother that was from the same hatch had feathered feet!
     
  8. rob

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    ah, now i see them. hmm. it looks alot more masculine than my silkie, interesting one this one.
     
  9. Energyvet

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    Some hens get spur buds. No big deal.
     
  10. Kokoschicks

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    Alright bud thanks! Sounds gooodd!! Are any of your silkies laying over the winter??
     
  11. sallycat19

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    We've got 4 silkies and since the weather got cold and it gets dark earlier here in the UK, they haven't laid a single egg, they are all well and eat plenty, so I presume this is normal!
     
  12. Kokoschicks

    Kokoschicks New Member

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    Ya I have two of them and neither of them laid all winter so far
     
  13. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    i have 2 silkie hens that might be mixed
    1 only has 4 toes but the other has all 5, both do have feathered feet though.
     
  14. Energyvet

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    Booted bantam maybe?
     
  15. piglett

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    they both look to be silkie but one has the wrong # of toes
     
  16. PouletdePouf

    PouletdePouf Hangin' with my Peeps

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    I have come across 4 toed silkies & I think some breeding lines are becoming inbred. I've seen mixed silkies & they usually have 5 toes. As for the lack of feathers on leg & feet, that's a result of breeding. Koko, your hen is a non-bearded & I've noticed they don't seem to be as poofy as the bearded. Non-bearded are becoming rarer because bearded are preferred.
     
  17. kaufranc

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    Are the bearded Silkies more expensive then the non bearded? Or does that not matter?
     
  18. PouletdePouf

    PouletdePouf Hangin' with my Peeps

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    Well, hatcheries don't make a distinction & they have same price. Most flock owners have one type or the other. I guess it depends on the marketing of the person doing the selling. I've found that "show" or "breeder" quality (abbreviated SQ & BQ), you will see a higher price tag.
     
  19. rob

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    i have a silkie and she hasnt laid all winter. shes happy though, even if she is looking a little scruffy in this weather lol
     
  20. piglett

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    she could be on a slow molt