Cuckoo Silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rilly10, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

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    Can someone please explain the Cuckoo color to me? How do the genetics work for this color? I was thinking about setting up either a Lavender or Cuckoo silkie project, but can't decide which! I would pair either with blacks and could find some great info on the Lavs but not much on the Cuckoos. PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE!

    Pics of yours would be awesome too!!!
     

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Cuckoo is the barring gene without the fast feathering gene. However, due to the nature of silkie feathers, I doubt you would se much difference between a bird with and one without fast feathering. The barring gene also dilutes skin colour, so you will be fighting red combs and pale skin. People have managed to darken up the skin and combs over multiple generations, but be forewarned that that is not an easy task.
     
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  3. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

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    Thank you for the information. Do you breed to blacks? Is the barring sex-linked or does it split like lavender?

    Since you work with Lavs what do you think about Lav vs. Cuckoo? I like the color of the Lavs better, but the cuckoos seem like a challenge!
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Barring is incompletely dominant, so it will always show (unless completely hidden by something like recessive white). One copy produces white bars (stripes) in the bird's feathers; two copies produces wider white stripes. Yes, barring is sex-linked. Lavender is closer to being perfected--it will hopefully be accepted this year.
     

  5. Brody's Broodello

    Brody's Broodello Songster

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    Cuckoo is more of a challenge and not as developed as the Lavs. I'll try to get a photo of my Cuckoo male tomorrow and post it.
     
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

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    as said above, you'll be fighting red skin on them...

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  7. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

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    progress is being made my roo has mottled skin
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    here is a pullet
    [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/38899_100_0729.jpg[/URL][/imgI've recently upgraded his hens so I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of progress i'm making.
    Lavs are very pretty
     

  8. Timster881

    Timster881 In the Brooder

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    Is it just a matter of continuous breeding to try and get as far away from the red skin as possible? and do you breed them to black? the reason I am asking is because a friend just gave me a beautiful Cuckoo roo and I would like to try and breed them...
     
  9. blessedchick

    blessedchick Songster

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    I'm also anxious to read a response to this, Timster. I have 2 cuckoos ~ 1 roo and one probably roo ~ and I'm thinking about a project pen as well. I have 7 black silkies that are only a month old, but thinking about how I would use them with the barred. ALSO hoping to use my barred silkies on my Showgirls...just need to know the best tactic!

    Thank you all!
     

  10. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    So, can someone tell me about white cuckoo silkies? The breeder I got my chicks from had one white cuckoo roo (to me he just looked like a white Silkie with a red comb and light skin). He was in her breeding pen with some females that were split to lavender (I think, she had alot going on there. I hope I'm remembering things correctly- I was excited). When I picked out my chicks, there was one lavender colored chick with some barring in the crest-no barring anywhere else that I've noticed yet but its only 4 weeks old. The chick has nice dark skin and legs, and mulberry colored wattles but its comb is bright red. I'm about to be on my way to work, but could take some pics of said chick when I get home. Can someone explain what white cuckoo is all about- has anyone even heard of this?
     

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