How do you tell if your Silkie roo has a beard?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CreamBruelle, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. CreamBruelle

    CreamBruelle Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello again everyone. How can you tell if a Silkie roo has a beard? And also if I breed a bearded Silkie to a non bearded Silkie, will half be bearded and the other half not?

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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Well... you look. Bearded males will have a nice little triangle consisting of the beard and ear muffs. Ideally they should be oval shaped.

    Not my photos, but here are some examples:

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    Non-bearded:

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    As for genetics, muff/beard is dominant, so a bearded bird crossed with a non-bearded bird would produce 100% bearded birds, however the beards would be smaller than in a bird pure for the gene. A small beard bird back to a full beard bird would produce 50% small beard and 50% full beard offspring, and a small beard bird to a full beard bird would produce 50% small beard and 50% non-bearded offspring.
     
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