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Bearded Silkie Rooster X Non-Bearded Silkie Hen =????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickenyouout, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Chickenyouout

    Chickenyouout Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silkie rooster and a non bearded silkie hen and i really want a bearded hen so i was wondering if i hatch eggs from the pair is it a high chance that i will get bearded silkies or am i just wasting my time and should just order bearded silkies?

    this is the hen

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  2. Windchyme

    Windchyme Silkies n Sebs

    Quote:Go ahead and breed. Non bearded is a recessive trait and bred to a bearded it will go underground again. If the other doesn't carry the non bearded gene you'll get all bearded babies. If it does you'll get some non bearded and some bearded.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The muff/beard gene is incompletely dominant. Breeding a bearded to a non-bearded will give you partially bearded babies. They will not have full beards, but will not be non bearded, either. Unless one or both parents are partially bearded. In that case you will get 25% with full beards, 25% non-bearded and 50% partially bearded.

    Your hen does not look non-bearded, but more likely to be partially bearded.
     
  4. Windchyme

    Windchyme Silkies n Sebs

    Quote:You know I have heard that though I was told by an old breeder to go ahead and use her, but what you are saying didn't play out in my own pens. I have a hen I am selling right now that is completely nekky non bearded and she made babies with full beards and muffs. So how does that work I am wondering?
     
  5. Chickenyouout

    Chickenyouout Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everyone ...i guess it won't hurt to try.....
     
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