Bantam Silkied Cochin Chicks
Bantam silkied cochins, these are pure cochins that have recessive genes for silky feathers, THESE ARE NOT SILKY COCHIN CROSSES, they have yellow skin, 4 toes, red combs, no crests or beards. We have a fun pen and the possible colors you could get are black, blue, white, red, calico, red mottled, and more.
A Little Education
Breed - a chicken bred to an accepted standard
Feathers- There are 3 feather types in chickens.
1- SMOOTH - comes in hard and soft feathers. Cochins are soft feathered creating their famous fluffy appearance)
2- FRIZZLED- where the feathers curl towards the head. Many breeds have the frizzled gene including Cochins, Polish and Seramas. There is also a Frizzled breed but it is not in the US.
3- SILKIED - where the feathers are missing the barbs holding it together creating a hair-like appearance. Several breeds have the silkied gene naturally including Cochins, Seramas and the breed that took its name Silkies. Just because a breed has the silkied gene does NOT automatically mean it was crossed with a Silkie.
The silkied gene is recessive and must have a copy from each parent to show. A Cochin with one copy is smooth and hides the gene. It is known as a Split to Silkied. (SilkiedxSilkied = all Silkied. SilkiedxSmooth = all Smooth Split to Silkied. SplitxSplit= 25% Smooth, 50% Split 25% Silkied) The Silkied gene can hide for many generations waiting to find a mate hiding it too. That's where surprises come from! The feather type is separate from variety color so treat the variety as you would with smooth feather type and be sure both parents carry at least one Silkied gene to get Silkied Cochins in that variety.