Norbert the Satin Paint Silkie’s Pen
Norbert the Satin Paint Silkie’s Pen

Norbert the Satin Paint Silkie’s Pen



I love Norbert so much! He’s super sweet and funny. He gets a bit overly protective of his girls in the morning and evening, but I think he will grow out of that soon. For the most part this dude is snuggly. Hens in the pen with Norbert include blue showgirls, a frizzled black, regular silked black, regular silked paint, and regular silked white. For now Mars, the partridge hen, is in with Norbert, as well, but she will move over to the partridge pen as soon as Mr. Latte is ready to do his rooster job!

We expect a wide variety of chicks from Norbert’s pen! Norbert is heterozygous for the satin (smooth like a normal chicken) feather gene. Genes come in pairs, which are contained on an X shaped chromosome. A heterozygous animal has one dominant gene and one recessive gene for a particular trait, so Norbert has one satin gene and one silked gene. Norbert has satin feathers, because the satin gene is dominant over the silked gene. We know he is heterozygous for this gene, because some of his babies are silked and some are satin. All of the girls currently in his pen are silked, so they each have 2 recessive silked genes. If he had 2 copies of the satin gene (this would be called homozygous) all of his babies with the silked hens would be satin. Instead, half of them get a satin gene from Norbert, which dominates the silked gene from mom, and the other half get a silked gene, which combines with that of the hen to create a silked baby. It’s ok if this doesn’t make sense to you. The main thing to know is that babies from Norbert’s pen can be silked or satin!


So far we have paint, black, white, and silver partridge chicks coming from Norbert’s pen. I think there are a lot of colors in the mix, and some of the chickens may have a recessive color hiding underneath the color they’re showing! For example, Elsa and Norbert’s first baby is a partridge (she’s adorable, by the way, and has satin feathers). Norbert is paint and Elsa is white, so one of them has a dominant partridge gene hiding underneath that decided to show up in this cute baby!

Beyond the satin/silked variation on feather type, we also expect to have some naked necks and frizzles from this pen. Frieda is a frizzled, silked hen that is just starting to lay eggs. Frizzled chickens are heterozygous for the curly feather gene. It’s actually important not to breed a frizzled chicken with another frizzled chicken, because a homozygous frizzled chicken has brittle, short feathers, and bald spots. If we end up with a frizzled rooster he will not be in the same pen with frizzled hens! One of my biggest breeding goals is satin frizzled silkies. Look up pictures of them…they seriously look like chrysanthemums! Some of Frieda and Norbert’s babies will be frizzled satins, formerly called sizzles! Once the naked neck, or showgirl, silkies, start laying, we will also have showgirl babies in the Norbert pen!

So the bottom line is that babies from the Norbert pen are likely to be in the black and white color families, and their feather types can be as simple as a regular, but still absolutely fluffy and adorable, silkie, or you could end up with a satin frizzle showgirl! Remember that our goal here at Buckaboo Farm is to provide fun and colorful chickens and eggs! We are not trying to breed to standard, but to give you some awesome pets that will make you breakfast!