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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rebel yell, Nov 17, 2010.
What color will i get out of a black silkie rooster & a partridge hen ?
If they are pure, Henk's Fuzzy Logic calculator gives black patterned gold duckwing. I would have expected black.
The Silkie gene is not dominant so I would expect a regularly feathered chick in the first generation if the hen has regular feathers.
For fun and to give it some publicity, here is the link to his Fuzzy Logic calculator
they are pure silkies, very good blood line, never seen any that color, this is the hen,
When I used the calculator, I got 50% black pullets, 50% black cockerels.
When I use the standard calculator (the link below) I also get all black, which is what I would have expected. When I use the Fuzzy Logic calculator (in my other post) I get the black patterned gold duckwing. I don't know which one is right.
How "black" is the black? With silkies, chances are pretty high that it is a melanized e^b (aka "brown" aka "partridge") based bird rather than an E (extended black) bird.
That being the case, all the offspring are likely to be partridge or grey (if the black is silver gened), however, chances are they will be fairly dark, with lower quality of penciling. How much lower quality the penciling will be will depend on whether or not the partridge mom carries one or two copied of Pg and whether the black father carries a copy or not. However, note that quality of penciling on a silkie is less obvious than on birds with normal (non-silkied) feathers.