Originally Posted by dheltzel
It is confusing to cross a Lavender and White and get black, but that is exactly what I would have predicted because white silkies (at least mine) are recessive white (as opposed to dominant white). Recessive white needs 2 copies to appear at all, especially in the chick down. Lavender birds are really black, but with a double dose of recessive blue (also called self-blue because it breeds true). Black is a very "strong" color, dominant over everything except dominant white if it exists in even 1 copy. So, with the lavender suppressed because it's recessive and not carried by the silkie, and recessive white suppressed because it's not carried by the "black" Ameraucana, you get a black bird that carries both Lavender and Recessive White, but neither show at all.
Thanks, that helps explain a bit. It's a little confusing but I think I got it.
These are the the babies hatched so far. There are two more eggs still in the bator. One is peeping and one is wiggling. It's going to be interesting to see what colors they hatch out as. There's one more of the silkie crosses and one more of the blue marans/brahma/ameraucana crosses. These three didn't cooperate too well for pictures but that's OK.
The last picture, the one on the right is the one whose mother was 3/4 marans 1/4 buff brahma and daddy was lavender ameraucana. She looks very lavender to me right now but I know that's not possible. She has to be blue lolEdited by Auroradream26 - 6/17/15 at 11:58am