Lavinder Silkies?????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jenlynn4, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2007
    PA
    I think I have hatched out 2....so now what do I do with them??? I know nothing about how the lav. gene works. Do I bereed lav to lav? Do you breed lav to black? Anyone who can give me some input on the subjuct would be helpful! Thanks so much! JEN
     
  2. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    If they are true lavs, then if you breed lav to lav, you get pure lavs. The lavender gene is a recessive gene and the birds must have two copies to show it. Birds with only one copy carry the gene, but dont show it, ( they are solid black)

    So if you bred a lav (2 copies ) to a black ( 0 copies) all of the first generation chicks will be Split lavender (solid black colored but willl carry one copy of the lav gene.)

    So you can either breed those offspring together and that will give 25% lavs, 50% Split lavs, and 25% blacks.

    Or you can breed those first generation chicks back to the lav parents and get 50% lavs and 50% splits.

    And like I said eariler, Lav to Lav gives 100% lavs.
     
  3. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania

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