Creating a new breed

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by MelissaRose, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    Hey!
    I want to breed a new kind of chicken to practice breeding, genetics, and stuff, and to create something that is everything I like in a chicken.

    I have a list of the details I want it to have, and some breeds that I have that I can use to create this new breed.

    Below is a list of the breeds I have, and what I want this chicken to look like:

    Silkies:
    Buff silkie hen with dark markings
    Two "partridge" silkie roosters that don't have enough red
    Splash silkie hen missing a toenail

    EE/americanas
    Gray barnyard mix hen - lays blue eggs
    Goldish brown hen - lays blue eggs
    Brownish hen - lays blue eggs

    Wyandottes:
    7 golden laced hens

    Other:
    Quail d'anver bantam hen with white
    Barnevelder hen
    White rock hen
    Barnyard mix cockerel
    Salmon faverolle hen
    Black australorpe I think cockerel
    10 red star pullets
    5 light brahma pullets

    Muffs
    -Silkie, ee, americana,

    Crest
    -Silkie

    Five toes
    -Silkie

    Clean legs
    -Red star, wyandotte, ee, americana, rock

    Black skin
    -Silkie

    Blue or green eyes
    -?

    Blue ear lobes
    -Silkie

    Blue eggs
    -Ee, americana


    Good layer
    -Ee, americana, red star, rock, wyandotte

    Average size
    -Ee, americana, red star, rock, wyandotte

    Lemon Splash coloring?
    -?

    Let me know if you have suggestions about how I could create this breed. I'm not very good at this stuff.

    If I cross a silkie with a standard normal feathered breed, it will still have a crest wont it?

    What would be the first step to creating this chicken?

    Also, does something like this already exist?

    Thanks!
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    It would appear that you are describing a Standard sized Silkie without shank feathering that lays blue eggs.

    Hatchery type Silkies sometimes come without feathering shanks, you may want to start there and then add the blue egg shell gene to it which is quite strait forward.

    Hatchery Silkie chick without shank feathering From: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/silkie-with-no-feathers-on-feet.876910/

     
  3. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    Silkie feathered cross to a normal feathered chicken will produce normal feathering because silkie feathering is recessive.

    The first cross would be to cross a Silkie rooster to your "Americanas", then you can do a back cross to Silkies or Sibling to Sibling cross and see what you get.
     
  4. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    ok, thanks for that helpful info!
     
  5. nicalandia

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    It would be much easier if you were okay having feathered shanks. even if you were looking for normal feathering.

    Silkie x Americana/EE = F1s will have normal feathers and shank feathering and lay blue eggs, you may just want to stop at F1 due to EEs being more productive than silkies and the F1 will be black skined and larger than silkies.

    You may want to search in google for Silkie Easter Egger cross or Silkie Ameraucana cross
     
  6. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    Ok. Yes feathered shanks are ok. I will check out those suggestions on google. Thanks for your help!
     
  7. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Or you could breed a blue egg laying Silkie to an Ameraucana. (True pure pred).

    There is someone here who sells hatching eggs from Silkies that lay blue eggs. That would save you several years of work.
     
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    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    ok.
    Do you happen to know how much the hatching eggs cost?
    I don't want to spend too much money on this. That is a good idea though. Thanks!
     
  9. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    I don't. You'll have to search for their ad in the hatching eggs forum.
     
  10. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    I found it. It would end up costing me $80...It's not worth it to me..my 'bator is faulty.

    I just started three silkie x americana/ee eggs so we'll see what happens.
     
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