Breeding questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by chickenman7, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to breed a silkie with an EE to see if I can make silkie that lays colored eggs.Would I breed a male silkie to a female EE or a male EE to a female silkie?ANINFORMATION IS GREATLY APPRICIATED.I am also looking for silkies and EE's to buy for this.
     
  2. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't know the answer to this but i seem to remember someone else writing about silkie/EE mixes. hopefully someone will come along with more experience than me! Good luck, i'll be anxious to see how you make out.
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  3. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Your goal is rather straightfoward to do. Just cross them and then raise the pullets each generation to maturity to see which ones are laying colored eggs and breed those with a purebred silkie and before long youll have silkie looking birds that lay colored eggs. If your goal is to have silkies with good or excellent type, that's another matter and will take a couple more generations.

    This kind of cross or mixing isn't too rare. I see mixes with those breeds sold on here pretty often. I even have some colored egg laying silkies (and mixes)..

    It does not matter which way the first cross goes, although generally an EE rooster has an easier time breeding the silkies than a silkie breeding an EE hen, especially if she is big and he has extra short legs of a good type silkie rooster.. They still can breed if really determined though... LOL

    You cannot assume ANY rooster from the crosses or mixes having the colored egg gene even if his mother laid blue or green eggs. That is why you need to raise the pullets. A pullet that lays tan or brown eggs did not get the gene and so she will not produce any colored egg daughters- unless she is bred with a rooster who has it.

    The first cross produces a normal looking chicken with a little leg feathering and a small crest.. do not expect a "silkie" in the first cross..
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2008
  4. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanx
     

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