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Cuckoo Silkies by accident. YAY!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FlightsofFancy, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bred my Calico Silkie rooster (pictured) who has some barring on his tail and wings, to a pure Buff and got some broken black and white cuckooish looking chicks. Tell me what you think and what might happen if I breed them back to each other. Can I improve on the barring and how?


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  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    The chicks look Grey to me.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I believe what you're seeing is pencilling, not barring. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Here are my 2 grey pullets.

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  5. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:EWWW! I knew I wasn't that lucky. haha! [​IMG] Can someone explain penciling and barring?
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Barring is when the feather is actually barred, stripes that run from edge to edge without curving. They have their own gene, B/- or B/b+

    Pencilling is when black will lace the inner, outer, or both on the feather. It will appear curved in the shape of the feather. Pencilling is often from crossing colors relative to Partridge, Columbian (I think) BBR, Duckwing, and so on.
     
  7. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So on the pictures I just posted....Would you say we have a gray/black wing with white penciling? Just trying to understand.....
     
  9. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that now that you posted the wing picture they might take back the penciling, looks barred to me on the Wing feathers, look like gray/cuckoo
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The wings do look barred, the rest of the bird not so much. I'd say try and keep working on the Silkies with the most barred feathers. . . That or get yourself some Cuckoos to improve your current birds. [​IMG]
     

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