Breeding Silkies - Color Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by KellyGwen, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I have 1 white, 2 black and 1 blue splash silkie. I'm not sure of the sexes yet but I was wondering - What colors would I get when I bred them? How do the colors pass on, blend, etc with Silkies?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue X Blue will result in 50% Blue, 25% Black and 25% Splash
    Blue X Splash will result in 50% Blue and 50% Splash
    Blue X Black will result in 50% Blue and 50% Black
    Black X Splash will result in 100% Blue
    Black Bird + 1 regular Blue gene = Blue Bird + another Blue gene = Splash Bird
    Splash X Splash should produce all Splash
    Splash X Black should produce all Blue
    Black is a Dominant Color


    Not my chart above( made by fluffnstuff~fluffysilkies) but very very helpful in understanding the breeding of blue, splash, etc.! [​IMG]
     
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    If you breed white with the blue or black, chances are you will get a white bird or two that is masking their color -- IF the bird is dominate white. If recessive white, the black or blue will show.

    At least I think that's the way it works. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...
     
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  4. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know if they are recessive white? My white came from a pen with a white roo and black and white hens (so did my non-bearded black). I have no idea where my bearded black and my splash (also bearded) came from other than that they are from "brown egg-blue egg" stock and VERY pretty [​IMG] The bearded black hen is a lap dog and won't leave me alone!! (haha!)
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    I'm guessing that your whites are probable recessive.

    BTW, Alan's got awesome birds!
     
  6. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love them [​IMG] I just want to know what I'll get when I get babies next year-ish!

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    They've fluffed out a lot since these pics... I'll have to take new ones!!
     

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