Red Silkie Chicken Project

Developing a dark red Silkie in Gregory, MI

This is a new project, we are not up to speed and have no red Silkies for sale. This page is just so you can see the progression

www.redsilkies.com – site not up yet.

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Year 2 starts – The players and what we are accomplishing.

12/25/17

This is Rosey the Cochin roo, and purbred buff Silkies (the first mothers), year one. I like Rosy, he doesn’t do that “COME AT ME BRO” shenanigans that I hate.

This is when Tang the Silkie roo arrived from FL, he was sick so spent a few days inside Now he’s standing up like a roo, but still not crowing or acting manly. To offset his faults like smut, he has black eyes, blue black skin, well spaced 5 toes on both feet, a glorious topknot (that I trimmed off) and pretty turquoise earlobes! Until I cut if off he had a massive topknot pouf. Magnificent topknot but it was so big he couldn’t see and the hens were picking on him! I’m very proud of him.

These girls are 1st gen Cochin/Silkie crosses (the 2nd gen mothers), and you can see the one full blooded buff Silkie hen, she is a real beauty. I have about 10 hens to choose from, and I picked the best two for Tang to breed. I hope there will be fertile eggs this spring – if so, that will be gen 2 for 2018! Tang is such a mild girly roo. ugh. Hope the testosterone kicks in.

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Early Dec 2017 Tang arrives from FL

Ty new buff Silkie rooster (Tang), much darker than the previous rooster so this should speed the process. Arrived here 12/7/17 sick, so his butt is tucked and he looks like a little owl. You can make out that beautiful full topknot before I trimmed it. He had to come in the house for a week for coccidia treatment.  That perked him right up. Traveling from FL was rough!

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The first generation (Cochin x Silkie) pullets are getting darker orange as they age. One has laid the FIRST EGG this week (12/1/17).

I have a buff silkie rooster here (2nd photo far right That I feel is inferior to use on them,  but have just gotten another one from Florida (Tang) that is close to ideal. I’m trying to work away from smut as best I can while using show quality roosters to maintain type while working on color.

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Little First generation red bantam Cochin x buff Silkie crosses.

 

First generation red bantam Cochin x buff Silkie crosses. A few months old. 6/30/17. They look like buff Cochins. I can see this project is going to span many years of work.

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 The grow out coops, installed 2016.

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April 2017. This is Rosy, I had him shipped up from SC. He’s my red bantam Cochin roo I’m using with my buff Silkies for the first generation crosses. I’ll then cross him back to Tang’s 3/4 Silkie daughters in late 2018.

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My buff pullets and roos. April 2016. No eggs out of the girls yet. The beginning of the beginning.

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IMG_2933The project begins fall 2016. These eggs are now my buff Silkies, turned out to be 3 hens and 3 roos. Can’t go much farther back than that.

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Not Silkies, but “the layers” – BlackChicken and SilverChicken. They provide us with quiche, deviled eggs, boiled eggs, French toast; they earn their keep.

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