Hmmmmm...... No offense here, but thats not how I understand the silkie gene to work. A silkie duck with silkie feathers is homozygous for the silkie gene (meaning they have 2 copies of the silkie gene) and the silkie ducks with smooth feathers are heterozygous for the silkie gene (meaning they only have 1 copy of the silkie gene). You breed two silkie feathered ducks to each other and since they have two copies of the gene each parent has to give 1 copy to the offspring making all of your offspring silkie feathered and homozygous for the silkie gene since they received a copy from each parent.
Silkie feathered X Silkie feathered = 100% Silkie feathered (works the same way as silkie chickens, you don't get normal feather out of silkie parents)
Silkie carrier X Silkie Carrier = 25% Silkie feathered, 50% Silkie Carrier, and 25% no silkie gene at all.
Silkie Carrier X Silkie feathered = 50% Silkie feathered, 50% Silkie Carriers
I never thought I would ever use a Punnett Square when I was learning it in school, but what do you know it comes in quite handy.
Originally Posted by DUCKGIRL89
I only have 3 coming though. & I don't really want to be mixing up colors.
Also, if you breed a silkie, to a silkie (Whether both parents are silkied or not) You will get SOME silkied babies.
Silkie feathered X Silkie feathered = 50% silkie, 50% Non silkied.
Non Silkied X non Silkied = 25% silkie, 25% non silkied.
I didn't order TSQ, so I might not get any silkied. I'm hopeing for 1 silkied though