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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rilly10, Jul 4, 2010.
this not entirely correct. once the link has been broken and with the help of fibromelanotic(FM) one can have black shanked/skin birds
I think the fact that the barring dilutes the skin makes it all the more important to breed back to black... I have found that the roosters tend to have redder combs then the hens. This may be just because the comb grows larger.
breeding back to black would acomplish nothing more than it has already been acomplished. Breeding back to "White Silkies" should be the game changer, do it and post pics of the progeny
Would breeding back to white change the cuckoo - mix in what is hiding under that recessive white ? like red, silver in hackles.... possibly more ?
what I am more interested is in a "Hiding" gene that is ihibiting the dilution effect of the Barring gene and the dermal inhibitor Id....
Breeding back to white can definitely show what's hiding under the recessive white. Here are a few examples...
Gray Cuckoo Silkie Hen
Gray Cuckoo Silkie Roo
Partridge Cuckoo Silkie Pullets
Partridge Cuckoo Silkie Roo
Ahh...that is what I though would be the results. I wonder, if we ever singled out the Id(dermal inhibitor) how long it might take to get back to clear barring without losing the Id again... :/
you mean without loosing id+ again(id+ allows for black skin/face) some barred/cuckoo silkie lines have obtain clear barring and black skin hens. the issue is with the boys. they just dont show black face yet... that issue is with the Barring gene on itself. so what we need is a Barring gene inhibitor..
progress has been made..
some hens showed pink skins before
Now with Black skin(thanks to id+)
now check this nice cuckoo hen(good pattern) but it has pink skin and clear shanks(thanks to Id)
this is what I call progress.
Quote: Four month old Cuckoo Silkie cockerel. Made in the USA...
The result of breeding Cuckoo to Black (or Andalusian Blue) one generation, then Cuckoo to Cuckoo the next, for almost 20 generations.
Lather, rinse, repeat.