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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March 2018. Our dark buff Silkie rooster Tang now has a batch of chicks about to hatch. These will be 2nd generation Silkie-Cochin crosses. Soon we’ll see what feathering we get and color will show up in the summer or fall.

12/25/17 Year 2 starts – The players and what we are accomplishing.

These girls are 1st gen Cochin/Silkie crosses, 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!   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.

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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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