Is this silkie blue or gray???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jen5680, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I can't seem to figure out what color she is. Would this be a reallly really light blue or a gray?
    I ordered them from a breeder that told me they were blue but????
    Thanks!
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  2. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is Blue, grey is a complete different color [​IMG]
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    This is a grey; notice the patterned feathers:
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  4. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Oh good! I put her in the pen with my partridge boy hopeing to get blue partridge babies!!
    I wasn't going to if she was gray. So gray silkies have the patterned feathers. That is easy enough!
    Thanks!!
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Actually grey and partridge would mix better. The only difference between partridge and grey is the silver/gold gene. Pair a grey hen with a partridge cock and the daughters will all be partridge; the sons golden (split S/s+) partridge. Pair a grey cock with a partridge hen and all the daughters will be grey and the sons golden partridge.

    For the 2nd generation take the golden partridge boys and pair with a grey hen for 50/50 grey & golden partridge boys and 50/50 grey & partridge girls. Or pair the golden partridge with a partridge girl for 50/50 partridge & golden partridge boys and 50/50 grey and partridge girls.

    **** note that my use of the term "golden partridge" is based upon golden being the common term for a male who has one copy of silver and one of gold, not upon a recognised variety ****
     
  6. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I don't have any gray. Could you explain this again with the blue hen and partridge roo?
    Thanks!!
     
  7. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    Sonoran- I have heard the term 'gray partridge' bandied about for those cockerels I've seen posted as 'calico' recently, with one person saying she had exhibited a cock of that color under partridge successfully.

    Do you have any additional information on this?
     

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