Blue and cuckoo silkie genetic question.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Featherland, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two silkie hens.One is a blue cuckoo and one is a blue that came from an egg marked blue/splash.

    What colors should I expect if I breed them with a blue silkie rooster?

    What colors should I expect if I breed them with a black silkie rooster?

    I am trying to decide what color rooster I want to get.
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    his is the info I was given when I asked about silkie breeding hope it helps a bit. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

    Blue, black, and splash can be, and often are penned together. The best blues often come from black x blue or black x splash pairings and the best splashes often come from blue x blue or blue x splash pairings.

    black x blue = 50% black, 50% blue
    black x splash = 100% blue
    blue x blue = 25% black, 50% blue, 25% splash
    blue x splash = 50% blue, 50% splash
    splash x splash = 100% splash
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    A blue-cuckoo hen bred to a black cock will give you cuckoo or blue-cuckoo cockerels and black or blue pullets. Even odds (50/50) for each colour for each gender.

    A blue-cuckoo hen bred to a blue cock will give you cuckoo, blue-cuckoo & splash-cuckoo cockerels & black, blue or splash pullets. 25%, 50%, 25%, respectively, for each gender.

    A blue-cuckoo hen bred to a splash cockerel will give you blue-cuckoo & splash-cuckoo cockerels, and blue and splash pullets. Even odds for each colour for each gender.
     
  4. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
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    how do you get cuckoo silkies? besides buying the eggs lol
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Buy a cuckoo silkie? Or take the long route and cross a silkie with a barred or cuckoo bird from another breed.
     
  6. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you willowcol and Sonoran Silkies. It amazes me that you know what percentage of what color and sex!
     
  7. melissa508

    melissa508 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to keep the barring on the cuckoo, i would suggest you NEVER breed to a blue & be sure the black doesnt have the andalusion gene , that its from a black x black breeding.

    If you do use blue or splash or black with the andalusion gene, you will hatch cuckoos with washed out skin, beak, comb & barring. trust me, I leared through years of trial and error lol
     

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