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Originally Posted by Bryam View Post

Wow, so this brakes the hard way of sexing silkies into an easy way to sex silkies. But in my case my rooster is cuckoo and my hen is black, so would i still get sexlinked chicks?

If I Breed him to a white silkie, could I get pure white silkies and cuckoos too? Or they will only throw blacks and cuckoo chicks?

THANKS FOR THE SPEEDY REPLY!

Sorry, this only works for black (why they are called black sexlinks). There are other types of sex linked genes, but I doubt you could find the right genetics in silkies to make any other sexlinks. If you cross white to cuckoo, you will likely not see any white without extra crosses to get it back. Whie in silkies is recessive white and it covers everything, including black and barring, so it is possible for a white silkie to produce barred chicks if crossed to a black bird, if it is hiding the barring gene.

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

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How to make a hoop tractor

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Originally Posted by dheltzel View Post

Sorry, this only works for black (why they are called black sexlinks). There are other types of sex linked genes, but I doubt you could find the right genetics in silkies to make any other sexlinks. If you cross white to cuckoo, you will likely not see any white without extra crosses to get it back. Whie in silkies is recessive white and it covers everything, including black and barring, so it is possible for a white silkie to produce barred chicks if crossed to a black bird, if it is hiding the barring gene.

Thanks! I am looking forward to seeing what they produce!

Cheers!
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