Pair of white silkies had black chicks..

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by revampedfashion, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. revampedfashion

    revampedfashion Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2013
    I have 2 silkie young hens and one silkie roo. He is the only roo I have. I thought I would try to let them hatch a couple of eggs.. Well they didn't survive unfortunately.. Both were shrink wrapped. I opened them up and was shocked to see black chicks! The only other hen I have that lays white eggs is a tolbunt polish and I am positive they weren't her eggs because the silkie eggs are more "pointy" looking.. How common is this? have a pic to post if anyone is interested.. It is a sad pic though[​IMG]
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    Quite common. Unless you know the background of the birds it is very possible that they have hidden traits that show up in the young.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2015
  3. revampedfashion

    revampedfashion Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2013
    thankyou very much!
  4. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2015
    I have white Silkies from SQ stock. They've not had a black bird ancestor for at least five generations, and over 5 years of breeding, they've thrown 3 black chicks. It's even more common if you don't know their 'ancestors' so it's perfectly normal :) I think it's fun. I have a pen of non-SQ birds that I still breed, all kinds of colour mixes in there, and I never know what I'm gonna get! Good luck hatching babies in the future :)
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    White is a shut-off switch, preventing colors and patterns from showing. So having a non-white chick result from a pairing is not unusual.
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Actually, having anything other than a white chick from a white to white pairing is EXTREMELY unusual. White ot non-white is completely unpredictable, although I would not tyically expect white offspring when one parent is not white.

    Now that paints are becoming more common, it is becoming a possibility for non-white chicks, if one of the white parents comes from a paint background, as paint is dominant white, not recessive.

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