I just got my first Silkies last year (after wanting them for awhile!) and now I'm so excited to start breeding them this spring/summer. I ordered 9 originally (from a hatchery), 3 of each white, blue, and partridge. One of the partridges died a few days after I got them, but the rest all lived so I have 8 Silkies now.
2 Partridge roosters; but one is cross-beaked, so I most likely won't be breeding him. That's normally genetic, right? And being from hatchery stock I assume it is in his case :\\.
2 Blue roosters
1 Blue hen
3 White hens
Earlier in the year my plan was to pen the blues and whites together, because I thought I had read somewhere that blue x white would produce splash. I've been reading today though that white masks other colors so when I mix it with a colored bird I won't know what I'm going to get. And blue x blue = 50% blue, 25% black, 25% splash roughly, right? Should I leave my partridge roo in with the blues and whites? What would blue x partridge or white x partridge produce? Or should I put my white hens in with the partridge roo and leave the blues by themselves? Or I can always leave the partridge roo out and just have blues and whites in a pen. I'm really new to genetics, so I'm still learning ALOT.
I was thinking about buying some hatching eggs from someone on here or eBay soon in white, partridge, and blue or B/B/S. Those chicks of course will be for next years breeding. I'd really like to keep whites, blues, and splashes in the same pen. (I'm not a huge fan of blacks yet, but we'll see) And then have partridges in their own pen or possibly with buff if that would work. I can always have white separate also, I'll just have to get another pen
So besides the questions above I'd LOVE any comments or links to pages on Silkie color genetics (or chicken color genetics in general) And if anyone is going to have some hatching eggs that they could sell me (probably 6 white, 6 partridge, and 6+ blue or B/B/S. Maybe more..I'll have to keep thinking) that would be great.