question for genetic experts on silkie feathering

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CindyS, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    If I crossed my silkie feathered serama pullets with a Silkie rooster, would the babies turn out silkied.? The pullets parents are normal feather serama, but must carry the silkied gene.
  2. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Silkied feathering is recessive. If your bird has silkied feathers, it has two copies of the gene and will pass one along to all its offspring. When bred to a silkied mate, all offspring will have two copies of the recessive gene, and all will be silkied! Cross your Serama to her father and half your offspring will be silkied.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Why must it carry the silkie gene? Was one of the parents silkied? That, or if it already has silkied offspring are the only ways you would know.

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