Partridge Silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by trkcChick, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. trkcChick

    trkcChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I got some eggs from someone and I got some that were BBS and some that were White. But I got 3 really cute Partridge out of them also. How did that happen? Is it normal to get Partridge out either of these.
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  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Those are crosses between what looks like black, blue and buff.
     
  3. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like someone snuck though the fence.....most likely a partridge rooster:)

    No it's not normal to get partridge from Blue, Black and Splash.....

    Shari
     
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  4. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get some really nice partridge and greys out of my whites. Unless your whites are homozygous, they can throw whatever color is hiding in their background.


    Edited to add that there can be no pen jumping at my farm. I don't own a partridge or grey silkie. These chicks are coming out of the eggs marked from only the white pens.
     
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  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hmmmm..... they have to be homozygous to appear white... no way you can turn out any other colour if the stocks are both white (rec) unless they're dominant white...
     
  6. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    White in silkies can be either homozygous or heterozygous. It only takes 1 copy of the gene to act as an 'off' switch to any other color that may be present.
     
  7. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    destiny_56085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you really want to get into silkie genetics, there is also a separate "dominant white" gene. Its not near as common... I'm sure Sonoran can give you the rundown on more details if you are interested.

    To put it simply, if you cross a white silkie to any other color the results are unpredictable unless you know exactly what that particular bird has for genes hiding behind that white. When you cross 2 whites that are heterozygous you will get colored birds about 25% of the time out of them.
     
  9. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh right... I thought you said you get coloured out of your "whites" which I assumed you get coloured out of white cock/ white hen pairing....
     
  10. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do get colored out of my white on white matings. That was exactly what I was trying to say!
     

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