Is this a rare silkie color????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SilkieChickenLover336, May 17, 2011.

  1. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is paint a rare silkie color??? i think i got a paint silkie chick... i will post pictures later but i am wondering if it is a rare color???
     
  2. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
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    Quote:Do you have pics?
     
  3. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will get pictures today!!
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Paint will be out there quicker than most of the newer colors. The hope is there to improve on type and find a way to remove the discoloration of the dominate white by getting out them in to multiple hands.
     
  5. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    I believe Sigrid in the Netherlands developed the painted silkies and sent eggs over here. They aren't very common. My thinking is the color technically would be referred to as Erminette??? Painted would be a cutsie name for it.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I'm not sure that paints are the same as erminette, and Sigrid is not the originator of paints. However, she has been involved in studying and breeding them for a number of years. European paints came from a cross between a largefowl white leghorn and a largefowl black silkie. Not sure the original cross was deliberate or not, but on of the pullets from this cross was a paint, and she was crossed back to silkies to create European paints.

    Not sure of the exact cross that created American paints, but they originated in Tennessee, and had been occurring for a number of years before silkie exhibitors became aware of them, and sought them out.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Okay, I found a description of erminette feathering by Hutt, and it is not the same as paints. Similar to paints, erminettes have some feathers are completely black and some that are completely white, but there are also parti-coloured feathers in a laced or mottled pattern. Coudn't read the whole article as I do not have a subscription. http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/55/5/200.extract A bird homozygous for erminette is completely white. Pretty sure that is not the case with paints.

    Ermine is a variety name that is pretty much the same as columbian. Erminette is the name of a gene, and also an unrecognised breed.
     

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