Breeding puzzlement

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SilkiesInSuburb, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. SilkiesInSuburb

    SilkiesInSuburb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So... I've got 8 chickens: two roos and six ladies. I really want eggs but I also am curious... should I experiment with colors? They're my first (and only) generation of chickens. There are three white ladies, a partridge sizzled hen, a black slightly frizzled silkie, and a smooth sizzle paint silkie. The roosters are porcelain and black. Here are some photos.
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    It doesn't look like it but these are different chickens.
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    So.... I know very little about colors and breeding to get colors. Is there a color I should be breeding? Any info is appreciated!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Porcelain is utilizes the recessive dilute gene for black, commonly called lavender. It not only affects black pigment, but red/gold as well. Blue/Black/Splash color group birds should not be bred with lavender colors due to the fact that it makes it impossible to tell which is which after a few generations. Blue and Splash are caused by a dominant gene that only affects black.
    White Silkies are usually recessive white. When bred with other colors, they produce black offspring.
    Also, the silkie feathering gene is recessive. The frizzle gene is a dominant gene. And two frizzled birds should never be bred together.
     
  3. SilkiesInSuburb

    SilkiesInSuburb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I suspected that the silkie was a sultan. Thanks for your time!
     

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