HELP! Silkie colors...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shhgirl, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. shhgirl

    shhgirl In the Brooder

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    So I've been googling and its so confusing and scientific. HAHA. can someone in dumbmans terms tell me what colors + what color = what color? For all possible combinations??

    Example:

    white + black = 50% xyz, 50% abc
    white + white =
    white + splash =
    white + buff =
    white + porcelain =
    so on so forth...


    black + buff =
    black + paint =

    blah blah blah


    Does anyone know? I'm just trying to make a simple chart like so that has every color option.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    There are really no answers for the mixes you listed; it is/will always be a guessing game, and will vary by individual birds. White always hides what is underneath it. Colour and pattern-wise, two whites can be completely different genetically. Blacks can have a varied genetic recipe as solid black birds can be built on all e-alleles if you add sufficient melanizers, and when you cross to a non-black, you will lose melanizers, so what you get can vary dramatically. Buff is a complicated recipe, and there are several different gene combinations to achieve buff.

    Breeding a procelain to anything that does not carry lavender will remove the dilute appearance.

    There is one predictable combination you listed. paint X black will give you mostly paints and blacks, plus maybe a few oddities, depending on the specific birds and their genetic ancestry.

    The genetics of chicken colours/patterns is very complicated. There is no way to make a simple chart. Your best bet is to use the chicken calculator.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013
  3. shhgirl

    shhgirl In the Brooder

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    the chicken calculator link doesn't work??
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    It does for me. Maybe something in your setup prevents links from working? You can try googling "chicken calculator."
     

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