Question on Silkie color combinations

araucanasmom

Songster
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
210
8
131
Southern NJ
What color will the chicks be from a white cock over these hens?
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araucanasmom

Songster
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
210
8
131
Southern NJ
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I got her from Ideal as part of a silkie assortment.
I don't know what color to call her, she has a few splashes on her back like very pale bars. Here's better pictures.

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Sonoran Silkies

Flock Mistress
11 Years
Jan 4, 2009
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444
421
Tempe, Arizona
Non-bearded silkies tend to have large wattles--even the girls.

Aren't white rocks dominant white? if so, then offspring would be white. If recessive white then it's hard to say what the rocks could be hiding.
 

Kev

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
6,517
732
361
Sun City, California
White isn't a color.. it is simply a gene that prevents the colors and patterns a bird has from showing up. He could be a solid black, partridge, a blue or...... under that white....

So it's one of those things you simply won't know until they're bred.
 

Foxhound lady

Songster
11 Years
Jul 9, 2008
463
0
129
TX baby!
white is a covering color

Think gray in horses gray covers up all colors including black. It does tend to be a dominant color though
 
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Sonoran Silkies

Flock Mistress
11 Years
Jan 4, 2009
20,149
444
421
Tempe, Arizona
White in silkies is almost always recessive. There is a separate dominant white gene, but it is usually very leaky--allowing other colours to express in certain areas. Recesive white is very much not leaky. If a bird has two copies of it, you have no idea of what other genetic colours or patterns are present in the bird. Every bird can be different--but they will all be white because of the recessive white gene that does not allow pigment to be placed in the feathers.

The bird in the 1st photo appears to be lavender. The bird in the 2nd photo appears to be black.
 

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