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Beared Silkies-Genetics?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MonkeyZero, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Hi There

    As some of you may know I have 2 non bearded silkie hens
    I saw pics of bearded silkies and fell in love

    My question is
    1. if I get a bearded roo and breed him with my non bearded hens, what are the odds of having bearded babbies?

    Also on color genetics

    2. If the roo is black and bearded and the hens are white non bearded, what will the color combos be, along with beardiness?


  2. silkydragon

    silkydragon Songster

    Nov 1, 2009
    ohio valley
    if you get silkies from a hatchery they mix bearded and non bearded birds they say beards in a silkie is a killer gene but i see breeders on here do bearded x bearded the beards would be much smaller if i had a better camera i would show you a pic of my hatchery birds with beards so you can see what bearded x nonbearded would look like and its a 50/50 chance if you breed bearded to nonbearded

    idk a thing about colors yet
  3. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    I am no genetic expert but there are varying degrees of beards. It is not simply a case of bearded or non-bearded. You can get anything in-between. BUT, I have been getting some odd looking birds from my line of bearded show Silkies by mating brother to sister. I ended up with a PERFECT non-bearded bird with an enormous crest.
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The muff/bearded gene is NOT lethal. A double dose of the tufted gene is; it is found only in true araucanas and quetros (one of the breeds used to create the araucana breed).

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