Blue Silkie X Buff Silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CreamBruelle, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. CreamBruelle

    CreamBruelle Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently hatched Silkie chicks and I'm wondering what their going to look like when they get older. The Rooster is a buff Silkie and the hens are blue, black, and splash Silkies. They look like their going to be all blue and black silkies but if they do happen to be all blue (and black) will they be able to produce buff Silkie babies?? Or will the buff color be recessive?? Or could they even possibly not have blue, black, or splash babies??

    Thanks!
     
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    So, just to start off with the blue gene, you'll get some each of Blue and Black. From Buff X Black, 100% Black; from Blue, 50% Blue and 50% Black; from Splash, 100% Blue.

    Now, with most colors, Black (and by extension Blue & Splash) is a very dominant color. However, Buff is one of the exceptions. It puts up a ton of "fight" and what you get is a bird who's upper half (head, hackle, shoulder, breast) is a golden-buff and who's lower body (primaries, secondaries, abdomen, saddle, tail) is Black (or Blue/Splash). It's actually very pretty.

    Um, as for breeding back to Buff to get Buff - you maybe could if you breed back to Buff for a few generations, but considering the fact that Black leakage is a fault in Silkies and very difficult to breed out, I wouldn't recommend it as a serious project. It would be a massive hassle to get back to pure Buff. (Though it would make a fine "just for fun" project, if you're OK with having Buffs who aren't pure in color and have black in the tail/wings/hackle/crest).
     
  3. CreamBruelle

    CreamBruelle Out Of The Brooder

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    Genetics are so confusing, lol
     

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