mottled silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sweetly Silkies, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking the other day how cool it would be to have a mottled silkie, so I thought, why not make one?
    I thought a black silkie hen, plus mottled cochin roo (cochin because the body shape), = mottled silkie
    Or do you think:
    White silkie hen, plus mottled cochin?
    OR the mottled cochin being the hen and the black or white being the rooster?
     
  2. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    it wouldnt be pure silkie if you crossed it whith a cochin but it would be a nice looking bird
     
  3. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pardon my ignorance, im still new to genetics, but once i got the perfect flock of the mottled silkies, then took away the cochin, after say, 10 or so generations, would those be pure?
     
  4. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    i not good whith genetics hopefully some who is will chip in
     
  5. 4hmom

    4hmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    then it should be considered pure silkie as a general rule 95+% is pure. also use a black and a mottled, because they are the same except mottled has the mottling gene. and about creating the mottled because that gene is resesive what i would do is get 2 of each for example a pair of each and cross male with female then take the offspring and cross from mating to mating then take the best mottled pullet or cockerel resembling more silkie and cross with a black silkie then take those offspring and cross with the mottled's siblings(and in every matting select for silkie typ/ feathers without barbs/ comb) and keep doing that till there has been about 6 or 7 crosses between cross chicks and pure silkies then try to create 2 families of pure mottled silkies (or some good pure black silkies) to out cross when the mottled start to get too inbred. this should work if you are willing to take the time because it will take at least 6 years to get them pure, but to perfect them if you are going to show them could take quite abit longer, but if you are willing to stick with it i would say to do it and to keep a specific acurat record of all birds you use or in tend to use. also if you have any more genetics question for color or comb there is this book called "bantam chickens" its published by the aba and some parts are a bit out-dated because its from 70's. you can also go to this web sight and pick the chicken calculator or comb calculator to help you with your crosses in the futeur if you intent to do any
    http://kippenjungle.nl/Overzicht.htm#pluginTree
     
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  6. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you! this helps alot [​IMG]
     
  7. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about using a mottled houdan instead of a cochin? they dont have feathered legs, but have crests and 5 toes
     
  8. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that would work too, too keep those genes in the birds. [​IMG]
     
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you be able to see the mottling very well on silkie type feathers? The darker ones might have a glow halo effect around it, maybe?...trying to mentally picture how it would look. Does anyone have any photos of silkies with mottling?
     
  10. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I googled 'mottled silkie' and the first picture were of one. looks like its pretty visible [​IMG]
     

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