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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mahsmaj, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Songster

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    If I breed two silkie crosses together, will some of their offspring have silkied feathers?
     

  2. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    If the silkie crosses are bred back to a silkie I believe they would. Not sure about the breeding of a silkie cross to a silkie cross, hoping someone comes along to help you out. [​IMG]
     
  3. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

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    yes, a certain percent would, that is, if both of the parents had atleast one silkied parent
     
  4. swedishfish

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    ok. using 9th grade biology here....

    if both silke crosses were from purebred silkies and purebred whatever you crossed them with, their trait would be something like S for silkie feathers and n for normal feathers. Breeding these two together, you would get:

    S n
    S SS Sn

    n Sn nn


    I think. Genes are really tricky. And depending on whether the n or the S is dominant, each chick would have about a 75% chance of having silkie feathers (assuming the silkie feathers are dominant). But that doesn't mean 75% of your chicks will be sillkie-ish, just that each chick has that much of a chance. You could get all normal feathered chicks.
     
  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

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    Quote:this is correct, and the silkied gene is resessive, so you would get 25% silkie, 50% smooth split for silkie , and 25% pure smooth freatherd offspring incapable of producing silkied chicks
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:this is correct, and the silkied gene is resessive, so you would get 25% silkie, 50% smooth split for silkie , and 25% pure smooth freatherd offspring incapable of producing silkied chicks

    Agreed; however the correct gene abbreviations are H+ for non-silkied feathers and h for silkied feathers. h is for hookless
     

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