cross breeding leghorns and silkies

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by chickenshiha, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i want to do an expirement with my leghorn rooster and silkie chicken breeding them to get a black skin and polished white hen that lays well but go broody often i did the breed not to sure if they can breed true (mabye not) if they dont i dont care nice lair went broody once
     
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  3. englishcockers

    englishcockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will not have black skin, but the males will carry for the trait. (It's a sex linked trait, right?) A male from this cross should produce 50% black skinned daughters when bred back to a leghorn hen. (in theory at least, as I understand it) A silkie rooster over leghorn hen produces black skinned daughters and normally pigmented sons, right?
    I think it will take you several generations, a lot of study and culling to get what you are after, but it's not impossible.
     
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  5. englishcockers

    englishcockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for clarifying this. I had the wrong impression. I'm sure you know what you are talking about....Except that a longhorn is a cow so I don't think you can cross it with a chicken. LOL (autocorrect?)
     
  6. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so it is impossible or something? as i saw some pictures of leghorn X silkies with black skin... but lets go on about the other traits like laying or broodying please i really dont care ab out the skin color honestly (dont wanna be rude)
     
  7. smarsh

    smarsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I imagine a long legged hen wearing silk stockings.
    on the serious side, some will likely be good layers and some will go broody, hard to know
     
  8. englishcockers

    englishcockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember a post by Nicalandia where he wrote that he felt that the extreme broodiness had been passed from a Silkie rooster to his half Leghorn daughters. I don't know how to find the old post. Generally he was one of the more knowlegable people regarding genetics. I haven't seen him posting for quite a while.
     
  9. MokiYoki

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    Cross a male black or cuckoo silkie to a white leghorn hen
    Daughters will have the demal melanin gene and half of the other genes for melanising. male sons will be split for everything and you probably shouldnt bother using them.
    Cross the silkie rooster to his daughter (or a female from the same crossing type) and select a rooster from that. After that cross the rooster to one of the first generation hybrid hens. This guarantees that your chickens all have the demal melanin gene. If you want to add more leghorn repeat the process using a male from your new strain instead of a silkie. If you want to add more silkie you can use either gender since there are no "negative" sexlinked genes so male and female doesnt matter.
     
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    MokiYoki Out Of The Brooder

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    And if you really want white I recommend the cuckoo btw. It helps reduce the muddiness of dominant white and also the pigment holes. However if you value the cleanest white and flawless colouring possible use a white silkie and a black or birchen leghorn. Your birds will be a bit smaller and less fertile however. Reccessive white seems to give some side effects.
     

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