Originally Posted by FoxyChicken
No, Minnie, what you are supposed to say is "Hey Foxy, you don't want ducks. They are noisy and messy and they will need their own separate housing from the chickens. Don't do it!!"
Are you kidding??? And enabler like me tell someone they don't want more birds?? Come on.
Originally Posted by MinnesotaNice
I read this about 10 times and I think I finally got it! So, this little one ended up with a recessive gene of some sort because there was a split color gene somewhere down the road. The feather shafts are grayish/white. I noticed a few white feathers beginning to pop out this morning. Do you think it'll be white or will only time tell? I think I'll have it around 3 months, so I'm excited to watch how it changes. I'm hoping it's a female. I just think it's super cool that this random light chick hatched from two black silkie's and with all black siblings. It's the little things in my life...lol...
@NathanZee, great pictures! I love Khaki Campbells. I always wanted to get African Geese - I heard they're more friendly than other breeds and I think they're beautiful. However, they don't lay many eggs, correct?
Yes, it is very confusing to me sometimes, which is why my goal this Winter is to read my book called The Genetics of Fowl. Hopefully, I will know more next Spring. LOL
Originally Posted by destiny_56085
Anytime a white bird has been used anywhere back in a bird's history, you have a chance of throwing whites if 2 birds that carry that recessive gene are paired. All the recessive white is an 'off' switch for color. A white bird still carries whatever color, but it just shuts off the color and makes the bird white. For example, 2 years ago we had a couple white ducklings pop up. We only have exhibition rouens and black/blue muscovies, not a white bird on the place. I let them grow out and they turned out like perfectly white rouens. I talked to a few old breeders and they said many years ago, some breeders crossed in Ayelsburies to improve the type on the rouens. I may have just gotten the luck of the draw and had 2 birds that remotely carried that gene to cross. My mom also bought a quad of black and blues on that standard cochins. Had a white pullet pop up there too this year....
You also have to think that white was the original color on many breeds. Take silkies for example... White has been in the standard for over 100 years. Black has been in since about 1960 and bearded splash and buff as recent as 2002. They had to cross in other breeds somewhere back there to introduce that color in silkies, but it all started with the whites. A lot of breeders today even cross colored birds onto whites to improve type and feathering.
I knew Amy would have more info than I.
I too have had Whites pop out, one last year and one this year, from my Blue Cochins. Last year I looked at it and kept saying ,"What the h---?" Now, I just accept that I got a double recessive gene in there and keep on going.
Yes, time will tell. If the feathers are already coming out white then I would guess it is a recessive white. I have had more Silkies pop out white though than any other breed here. I think I had Whites in my Partridge Silkies when I had them too.
Good info, Amy! Thanks for sharing it. And I would LOVE to see some of those huge Rouens in White! How cool is that???
Originally Posted by gofeedthegirls
I also want to note. There is a good chance these eggs are fertilized aswell. However finding then there was no hen on them and the temps were anywhere from 35-65...
You could incubate if you wanted just to see, but do a daily sniff test if one goes bad, it is not a fun ordeal. ;)