Anyone want to join my blue egg laying Silkie project?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by astylishgirl, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
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    Quote:LOL fine, but can you be BRIBED for eggs??? We're easy...

    She has chicks right now, but I can send you some when she starts laying again! I'll have to post a picture of her on here. [​IMG]
     
  2. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
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    Earlier in the year I saw an ebay auction for green/blue egg laying silkies.. The seller said she got the original birds from a poultry judge. But for the life of me I have no idea which seller it is..
     
  3. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:What if I like that..? [​IMG]
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I have a rumpless black Araucana pullet living with some of my silkies and show girls, I was planing on pairing it with either the lav roo or something else, I am hoping for mix of the 2 that lays blue eggs [​IMG]
     
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  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    No secrets.. it was pretty much a matter of keeping the pullets long until they started laying and either picking out the colored egg layers or just simply hatching only the colored eggs out of the group of pullets out of the colored egg "line".

    I also bred the pullets each generation back to a pure silkie until their type was fairly decent. Are not show winners but did use roosters from stock that were used for showing or were at least from persons who did show..

    I didn't try to keep them a secret either.. had mentioned them occasionally here and there over several years(don't remember if I did on this forum) however there was either no or very little response so they basically got put on the back burner due to the seeming lack of interest plus having many other projects.. actually did not hatch any of their eggs for several years, last year I realized the colored egg hens were very few in number are getting old so I had better let a few of their eggs hatch last fall so they would not be totally lost. Just in time as one hen is now so old she's no longer laying and 2 of the colored egg layers passed from old age over the winter. Luckily there is at least one pullet, maybe 2 that are laying the colored eggs but have not discovered which ones- currently all the silkies and showgirls are together in one big pen.

    I don't have any pictures of them yet.. they look like average silkies, did try to keep the ones with general traits such as having shorter and wider backs, short legs with better feathering and tried to keep rounder/bigger crests but unfortunately it appears the last rooster or the previous one didn't quite have good crest genetics as several pullets came out with medium or smallish crests. Most are white, however partridge does show up as does a color I'm not sure what they are- sort of looks like a very dark blue yet never got any splash and they are distinct from blacks.
     
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    Well... if you LIKE it, it's your reward for keeping them going [​IMG]

    I'm glad you did hatch some. It's an interesting gene project. I promise if I'd have seen your posts about them I'd have been interested. Genetics is fun.

    But I didn't even get interested in bantams until this year after a sort of sizzle experiment. They are addictive. Now the whole dynamic silkies sizzles etc I find very cool.

    I have a bird that's very smokey that has made a few silkie/sizzle breeders question whether it's a black with demelanizers or a blue. I think he's just a darker blue. Breeding will tell but he's still young.
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    That sounds similar to the 'mystery color' in my flock. I'll try to take pictures soon of both those and some of the others.

    I don't know why, most of my projects include having blue/green layers in them also. Probably just to make it more of a fun genetics challenge. Right now one of my main projects is to make naked necks more or less matching the standard but also lay blue/green eggs.

    Got to scoot now.
     
  8. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    This is fun. I thought people would have interest in making little blue egg laying evilies!
     
  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    If it weren't for the darn dental bills I'd be all over this project already in Sizzles... chuckle...
     
  10. Hi! I took pics yesterday of my blue and splash silkie-feathered green-egger youngsters:
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    Lisa
     
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