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Blue verses black Silkies

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by silkiefluff, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, so sorry if it's in the wrong place.

    For those breeding blue and/or black Silkies, how does one tell the difference between a dark blue chick and black chick? I've had a "black" chick, turn out to be a dark blue, and I was wondering if there was a way to tell if someone breeds B/B/S.
     
  2. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    All a blue chick is a diluted form of black when breeding B/B/S. So the dark ones are black and the dark grey are blue. I have a trio of chicks at hatch I had a dark blue, and two blacks. Now at 10 weeks the blue is only a shade lighter then the blacks.
     
  3. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick that was black last year, and turned out blue though. I was sure it was black, but it wasn't.
     
  4. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes you can't tell unless they are next to a black silkie, my blue boy I can't tell unless he is next to my black girls.
     
  5. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my blue boy about 12 weeks old


    Here he is with black pullet

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  6. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you photos of them as chicks to compare?


    This is one of my dark blue hens. Her clutch mate was black as a chick, and turned out lighter than her as an adult. I'll see if I can find a photo.
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  7. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is the only one I have

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  8. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    the blue chick is in the middle.
     
  9. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. That looks so similar to me. :/ Nice vaulted heads!
     
  10. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, their heads are great, I picked the ones with the best heads, however their feet are not SOP which is why the breeder was not growing them out. I don't plan on showing them as I show brahmas. I just wanted the silkies for brooding and because they are cute.
     

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