Black roo, white hen......(silkies)

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  1. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello, I'm sure this has been addressed a thousand times, but I just found out my two little silkies are male and female. The roo being black, and the hen being white. I am wondering, if the little hen ever goes broody, what colors will the chicks be?

    Stormy, my little rooster, still has some of his baby fuzz, but he really isn't a jet black. He's not blue, or grey. He's sort of charcoal black, rather than a jet black, if you can picture that.

    Any input you all could give would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Anybody? I would appreciate your input! Hellooooooo? [​IMG]
     
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have a dark Partridge Silkie roo and I cross him with white hens and black hens. I get white chicks, partridge chicks, blue chicks and black chicks. It just really depends on what genetically is behind your birds and if the white is dominant or recessive.

    I can tell you they will be cute![​IMG]
     
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  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Nadine, I guess it'll be a surprise then--either white or black, but not a mixture like grey?
     
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    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    You would get gray if they are carrying the gene for it and they both give a gene for it. Genetics aren't like water colors, they don't quite mix that way.
     
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:ChickensAreSweet, thank you so much for that link. It will be a surprise for sure, because I got the chicks from a friend who bought hatching eggs from someone else, so I don't know their genetics......

    What fun!
     

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