How should i split up my silkies for breeding??

Hannahnic14

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So I'm going to start splitting up my silkies to breed next spring and I think I know how I'm going to split them up (by pen) but wanted some input! I'll list all my colors below then list how I think I'm going to separate them. Thanks! I'm really just wanting some pretty colors!

Roosters
Frizzle satin cream and black
Chocolate silkie
White silkie
Blue silkie
Partridge silkie

Hens/pullets
White Silkie showgirl
White Satin showgirl
Splash silkie
Black silkie
Frizzle Dun silkie
Black frizzle satin
Chocolate silkie
Partridge silkie
Buff silkie
Dun satin
Chocolate satin


Pen #1
Blue rooster
Splash hen
Black hen
Black satin frizzle
White silkie showgirl
(Possibly a White silkie hen that throws paint chicks)

Pen #2
Frizzle Dun silkie
Chocolate rooster
Chocolate hen
Dun satin hen
Chocolate satin
White satin

That's as far as I got. Any input welcome!
 

NatJ

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i think blue x black will give mostly black

If you breed a blue chicken with a black chicken, you should expect about half the chicks to be blue and the other half to be black.

If you breed a blue chicken with a splash chicken, you should expect about half the chicks to be blue and the other half to be splash.
 

NatJ

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Pen #1
Blue rooster
Splash hen
Black hen
Black satin frizzle
White silkie showgirl
(Possibly a White silkie hen that throws paint chicks)

Pen #2
Frizzle Dun silkie
Chocolate rooster
Chocolate hen
Dun satin hen
Chocolate satin
White satin

That's as far as I got. Any input welcome!
I would expect quite a few blue chicks from Pen #1, with some black and some splash. With the blue rooster, your white hen can produce blue paints in addition to paints that have black spots. You will probably have lots of silkie-type feathers, some satins, and some frizzles. Depending on the genes of your satin frizzle hen, you might also get some silkie frizzles.

From Pen #2, you have a bunch of color genes I'm not as familiar with, but I think you will get a lot of cute chicks! And of course you will have all the different feather types, too.

It sounds like you are going to have quite a rainbow of chicks there!
 

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