The Chicken Whisperer
- Dec 15, 2008
OK, I have a question for the silkie color gurus. Regarding a cock bird that is black, what causes hackle bleed in either silver or gold, IF these birds were from black x black parent stock? It's just color on the hackles, nothing in the saddle. Only on the cocks. Can it be bred out, and what is the likely cause of it? I'm curious because I have a black cock that has done just that, developed unexpected color in the hackle. I know it's a trouble issue in another breed in the making that I'm working with that color in the hackle will pop up but from a black x black silkie, where is this coming from? Can I expect to breed it out, and if so, what's the best way to do so? And what color would these birds be considered, to be genetically correct with a color variety?