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Dominant and recessive genes - feathers

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Hello.

I have a book with this information in but for the life of me cannot find it! The internet is surprisingly useless but maybe I'm not looking hard enough, anyway...

I have a Silkie hen running with 3 cockerels - I have other hens don't worry she's not alone. The cockerels are a pure bred Silkie, and two Legbar crosses. I've seen them all with the hen but wondered if I hatch her eggs, will the Silkie feather be dominant or recessive?

Thank you!
Annabel
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I have a Dorking/Silkie mix (ok, I have 4 of them) and they have about 50/50 of regular feathers and SUPER soft feathers.

 

 

"Dolly" my leghorn/Delaware pullet on the left, and "Bonnie", my silkie/Dorking pullet, I the right

 

Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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If the Silkie was the bird who fertilized the eggs, then the offspring will be 100% Silkie feathered.

If the Legbar crosses fertilized the eggs, and they have no Silkie heritage, the chicks will be 100% flat feathered but all will carry the Silkie gene.

The gene for silkie feathering is a autosomal recessive, gene symbol h.

Breeding chart as follows:

Silkie (h/h) X Silkie (h/h) = 100% Silkie (h/h) offspring

Silkie (h/h) X Non Silkie (H/H) = 100% Carrier (H/h) offspring

Carrier (H/h) X Carrier (H/h) = 25% Silkie (h/h) offspring, 50% Carrier (H/h) offspring, 25% Non Silkie offspring

Silkie (h/h) X Carrier (H/h) = 75% Silkie (h/h) offspring, 25% Carrier (H/h) offspring

Carrier (H/h) X Non Silkie (H/H) = 50% Carrier (H/h) offspring, 50% Non Silkie (H/H) offspring

Non Silkie (H/H) X Non Silkie (H/H) = 100% Non Silkie (H/H) offspring

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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