I read on a few sites a while back that Silkie skin color is sex linked.... crossed with anything light skinned will produce dark hens and intermediate males..... This is not too detrimental to my plans or anything but just not what I expected..... I hatched 8 chicks so far from a White Silkie Roo and a OEG Bamtam Hen...... along with some eggs from a white silkie x silkie cross for comparison.... obviously the 4 silkie eggs turned out normal/dark.... the others...... not so much... i expected maybe a 50/50 dark/medium skin tone but all i got so far is all intermediate coloring skin with pea combs, and various down colors..... Did I just read some bogus information or am I really just extreamly unlucky in the hen-factory? They will be beautiful non the less and eventually ill be able to sex them..... I'm just messing with silkies because i want to breed some mixed broody birds that have the dark skin, walnut/pea combs, 5 toes and various fun colored feathers..... some beautiful friends... maybe illbe more serious later on but right now i'm just blown away with all of the possibilites out there..... My rooster has an awesome walnut on him (looks like he wears his brain on his forehead) and i hope he passes it on! Just can't figure why the chicks have such blotchy skin? I've seen "showgirls" and their skin turns out dark..... i have turkins and was planning for that cross next year and I want to know if this is what to expect, it sounded a bit easier to figure out the hens!?! Any help from those experienced people out there... i'm not really trying anything new here I don't think!