Silkie barred rock cross

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by polishcourt, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. polishcourt

    polishcourt Chillin' With My Peeps

    81
    3
    66
    Mar 6, 2014
    Bigfoot Texas
    Let me start off by saying I am no expert or even novice of chicken breeding or genetics just have a mixed flock with hens that love to go broody and a love for raising chicks up to adulthood and getting those first laid eggs!!

    I have a buff silkie his name is Hulk Hogan I have hatched out several cochin crosses from him that have turned out so beautiful i have a barred rock hen and I really really want a bird with silkie feathers that has the barring can anyone tell me if I can get there with the barred hen and buff rooster

    Thanks

    Courtney Hogue
     
  2. polishcourt

    polishcourt Chillin' With My Peeps

    81
    3
    66
    Mar 6, 2014
    Bigfoot Texas
    [​IMG]

    Had to brag a little with this pic of the barred rock and first set of chicks she raised before we got Hulk
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,451
    3,565
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You could get there, but it's going to take several generations. If you had a barred rooster and a silkie hen it would go faster.

    Color first....Your buff rooster over your barred hen will give you sex linked chicks. Males will be barred, females won't. If you breed the offspring together, you'll get half barred chicks and half solid, regardless of gender. Then breed those barred females to the barred males and keep breeding barred birds together.

    Silkie feathering.....it's recessive. Meaning, your first generation will all be regular feathered, but have the recessive gene for silkie. When you breed that first generation together, 25% of the birds will come out with silkie feathers, 50% will be regular but have the recessive silkie gene, and 25% will be regular with no recessive gene. You won't know which of the regular feathered birds have the recessive silkie gene until you then try breeding them.......it would be quite a project.
     
  4. regalado70

    regalado70 Chillin' With My Peeps

    40
    3
    64
    May 5, 2014
    South Carolina
    I know this is an old post but I'm curious about how it worked out. I'm thinking of trying the cross breed. I have both barred and silkie hen and roosters. My silkies are white there is one brown. I have 3 barred roos but they look like beast compared to the silkie ladies and the brown being the smallest
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I used to have a trio of hens, whose brother I sold. Their sire was a Cochin/Silkie and their mothers were BRs.
    I called them the Poufy Head Sisters, greatest little hens I ever had, I think. I don't like Silkies, but these had the modified pouf and only one had a feather stub on one leg, all normal feathering and yellow skin. The brother, being sex linked was barred with a pouf. If the father had been the BR, all would have been barred, not just the male. The hens were solid black when adults.
    DCP_6040Tux.JPG DCP_6041Tux.JPG DCP_6033.JPG


    Adult hens looked like this:

    DCP_0039.JPG
    DCP_1413.JPG
     
    regalado70 likes this.
  6. regalado70

    regalado70 Chillin' With My Peeps

    40
    3
    64
    May 5, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks think I'm going with the barred boy with silkie girls. Also thinking about Cochin or Brahma. I have a silkie mixed with easter egger she is a pretty girl
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by