Just Getting Started - What Color Silkie Do You Recommend Breeding?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by PamB, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Hi! I've recently decided that I'd like to acquire some good quality silkies to breed. My plan is to have a few girls and a boy in a separate coop run for breeding. What color would be a good beginning color to work with in your opinion? I just can't decide so I figured I'd look for some opinions before I go and spend a lot of money on some beautiful birds!

    Thanks!
     
  2. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    You can breed blue black and splash togther and that will give you blue black and splash chicks
    so If you want more than one color but only have one pen this will work out great for you.
     
  3. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    Have to agree with Jen on this one.
    I definitely wouldn't breed white; if you plan to show or try to sell any. White is THE color, and considering how long some of the top breeders have been working on it, it would take you years to catch up.
    Partridge is MY favorite color, but it's a bit hard to work with and not popular with judges.
     
  4. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Thanks for the responses! Okay, so if I go with blue, black, and splash, what color rooster would you recommend?
     
  5. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Splash! I have a beautiful splash and I love him!
    And Splash x Black = %100 blue!
     
  6. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    Quote:Actually splash to blue would give 50% blue, 50% splash.

    I would reccommend a blue rooster over BBS hens. That would give you a nice mix of chicks!


    Edited to add:

    Blue x Blue = 50% blue 25% black 25% splash
    Blue x Black = 50% blue 50% black
    Blue x splash = 50% blue 50% splash
    Black x black = 100% black
    Splash x splash = 100% splash
    Black x splash =100% Blue
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Actually splash to blue would give 50% blue, 50% splash.

    S/he said Splash x Black [​IMG]
     
  8. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    BBS is fun because you get 3 colors of chicks. White can be hard to keep in condition for showing but it is easier IMHO to find nice whites. buff is hard to get dark combs AND not have black tails. Partridge is also tough. Lavenders are pretty and becoming easier to come by. I have Cuckoo because I love a challenge [​IMG]
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    Keep in mind i is easier to judge solid color birds like black and white. the bird is either all black or all white, the judge does not have to worry about the correct shade or consistency of a pattern.

    remember to breed what YOU like these bird take a lot of time and work and if you don't love them it becomes a chore quickly
     
  9. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That says it all.
     
  10. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

    May 18, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    Quote:Actually splash to blue would give 50% blue, 50% splash.

    S/he said Splash x Black [​IMG]

    HA HA HA!!! Sorry![​IMG] Can you tell it has been a looooooong day?
     

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