Just noticed white silkie has silver in it????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mandelaykay, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this normal??? I bought my birds from a breeder who said that her colors are all seperate. I was bathing them today for the first time and the pullet had a few grayish/black specks about two or three and the male had a bunch of silver strands in his tail. I am no expert so I wanted to post and see what you thought. I was going to breed this pair next year but if that is a fault I want to know so that I can sell/swap them.

    Thanks for you help
     
  2. Moonkit

    Moonkit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have any pictures you can offer of the birds?
     
  3. Kaelinstorm

    Kaelinstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they were actually splashes?
     
  4. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can not see it now that they are dry. It was only when they were wet and all of the feathers were down flat. I will try and find it again and post a pic. I am thinking that maybe they are white recisive and some where down the line there was another color in their lineage. Does that make any sense?
     
  5. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:"Silver" could be considered the purest white, as it never yellows due to diet or sun. It sounds like you may be looking at black leakage.
     

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