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Seperating silkies help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horsechick, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    We are seperating our pens up and trying to get our act together, LOL!
    I was thinking of putting our blue/black/splash silkies together in one pen. Will that work?
    We have whites in another pen.
    I have one red/buff hen-what pen should I put her in or get rid of?
    We have a tortishell roo named Rudy, he's just a handsome fancy extra so, Thought I might keep him in with whites.

    Also have a grey hen, which pen should I put her in?
    We don't have a grey roo.
    Thanks for any suggestions,
    Angela
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Keep your B/B/S together. Then have one pen only whites. Then you could put your buff/red hen, your tortishell rooster, and your grey hen in another pen, and those chicks will be mixed color.
     
  3. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    If we left our grey hen in with the b/b/s pen what color chicks might she have?
    Thanks,
    Angela

    Is there a color chart anywhere that might give what colors you might expect from certain breedings?
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    so seeing this post does it matter what colors are together?

    I have 2 greys and 1 black together I'm thinking 2 are hens and 1 roo. Then I have 2 whites together and one black also thinking 2 hens and a roo so is this bad that the colors are mixed?
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Learning a lot here...I'm getting silkies soon too [​IMG]
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    It does matter because if your colors arent seperated, the chicks will be mixed. The only colors that should be together are black/blue/splash.
     
  7. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    so grey and and black isnt ok? and what about white and black? how so would the chicks be mixed...with black and white wouldnt some chicks be black and some white?
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think it would result in some white and some black, and some mixed... but the real issue is the hidden genes that you don't see and that can come out in future generations. Which is why if you want one color, keep breeding one color, and don't use off colored breeders or breeders who produce off color chicks.
     
  9. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only time you will want to cross a color would be to bring up the quality of type in an inferior color with the type of a superior one. For example I have my grey hens in with a nice quality white roo, the chicks come out as greys and are nicer in type than their grey parent. When I finally have a grey cockerel that I think will do the job then I will put him with the greys instead. The rest of my whites are separate with another white rooster. And blue/black/splash are all together. If you can tell which eggs are the grey hen's then I would house her with the whites until you can hatch her out more greys to go with her.
    And I would just put the buff and tort together keeping in mind that their chicks might be off colors.
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:Ok i get it so the chicks may be black with white spots or white with black spots?
     

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