Black Silkie genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by phasianidae, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the color genotype of Black Silkies?
     
  2. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black silkies are most likely extended black, melanotic and may be pattern also. They could also be birchen instead of extended black. At the silver locus, they can be silver or gold.

    Tim
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I will agree that the best are extended black or birchen based, but many, especially those that are hatchery stock, are e^b with added melanizers. Side by side you can tell the difference--they just are not as black.
     
  4. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, mine are from a hatchery and are being used in a breeding project. Can you tell if they are eb at the E locus by their undercolor? Are Buff Silkies eb, Co, and Db?
    thanks.
     
  5. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The buff I have produced were gold, wheaten, dark brown and columbian. Research would support my findings. I have to do some more work to determine if you can get buff on birchen. According to Smyth, buff can also be produced on wild type and eb or brown. I have not produced buff on eb or wild type- I have not tried to produced buff on them.

    The eb birds I have had that were black had white under color. That would be a good indicator.

    Tim
     
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  6. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks.
     

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