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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Fancy Feather Poultry, Dec 31, 2007.
Do you have any hatching eggs available? im on a hatching streak and I wanna try out my new bator.
Sorry didn't see it.
How many you needing and when?
I have four orders to fill so it may be a week before I could ship.
YEP Whites are laying.
So are the blues and splashes.
All my splash and blue are in one big pen, no telling who laid what egg. I have one Blue roo one, splash roo and about 6 blue hens and six splash hens and 2 black hens in that pen.
Havn't checked the hatch rate.
But the guys seem to be doing their jobs.
I have only been hatching a few of mine.
Trying to contain myself here.
Okay, so if I hatched up splashes and happened to get a roo and hen and the hen layed eggs and hatched them would there a possibilty I would get a all blue in the hatch.
Im having second thoughts now lol,
How much would it cost for:
6-White silkie hatching eggs
6-Splash silkie hatching eggs?
What colors can you get from my mixed flock?
This is my understanding of the subject. I tried to make it simple, short to the point but useful.
I am not an expert and I dont even play one on TV.
This is just touching on the basics of color genes. Genetics can become very involved and complicated.
Keep in mind that there are many factors that can change the expected out come.
This information is for beginners not those who are already knowledgeable on advanced genetics.
Most Silkie Breeders keep their birds separated by color, The only mixed color pen I have is Blue/Splash.
If you have a small back yard flock for your own enjoyment here is the basics.
Blue X Blue will result in 50% Blue, 25% Black and 25% Splash
Blue X Splash will result in 50% Blue and 50% Splash
Blue X Black will result in 50% Blue and 50% Black
Black X Splash will result in 100% Blue
Black Bird + 1 regular Blue gene = Blue Bird + another Blue gene = Splash Bird
Splash X Splash should produce all Splash
Splash X Black should produce all Blue
Black is a Dominant Color
White hides colors. As a example just imagine a colored bird that was dipped in white wash.
Underneath all the white it is still its real color, but you cannot see it. The color is genetically present,
but the phenotype (appearance) is not there.
Or you can think of white as an OFF switch. It turns OFF the bio-chemical mechanism that causes pigment to be present in the feathers. White is a recessive gene in Silkies, it takes 2 white genes to get a white bird, but a white bird could also have other color genes in it which the white is masking. "Risk you take when buying birds/eggs from a mixed flock" I also think it's important to mention that some whites carry the silver gene, they hatch out a gray color and feather out pure white.
The color "blue" is a "diluter" of black, modifying the black coloration into a blue therefor you should consider keeping your Blacks separated, but you can pen your blue/blacks/splash together if you want,
a lot of people do. Another thing to consider is mixing your Blue & Splashes in the same pen the Splash color/effect can become blurred/muddied over time if repeated generations are mated Splash X Splash.
Say a person ordered 10 eggs
they wanted 5 whites and 5 blue/splash
I always send along a couple extra.
I usually send more of the color that person prefers,
If I don't have extras of the prefered color I would send a couple of what ever other color is laying.
So a dozen eggs arrive instead of 10.
In the spring and summer when laying is good I send even more extras.
Okay thanks Fluff-n-Stuff for takig the time to reply and give me a desriptive answers on my questions.
I really really apperciate it