Breeding different color silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ebenavides5, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. ebenavides5

    ebenavides5 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have a big pen with BBS. However, I had a few silkies that are white, buff and a couple partridge and have a spare pen . Which colors would they phenotypically produce if I had buff x white or buff x partridge or partridge x either/ both other colors. I know the genotype will not be pure but I just want to now the phenotype possiblities and if there is a combination that would work best.

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  2. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are recessive white- that means if you cross them with another phenotype you should not get white; unless the nonwhite bird is a carrier of recessive white. Then you get more white.

    My best guess since i do not know what phenotype is hidden under the white. I am assuming the silky is black under the white.

    buff x white = black with buff on anterior end of the bird

    buff x partridge or partridge x buff = smutty dark buff

    white x buff = black with white on anterior end

    white x partridge = black

    partridge x white = black

    Tim
     
  3. ebenavides5

    ebenavides5 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply...

    So when we say buff x white vs white x buff.... which would be the rooster and which would be the hen? (the first variable or the second)?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The general convention is to mention the cock first. However, unless it is a sex-linked breeding, it doesn't make a difference.
     
  5. ebenavides5

    ebenavides5 Out Of The Brooder

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    cool thanks sonoran
     
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