Silkie breeding question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by eggboy, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I bred two Silkies that had muffs and beards would the chicks that hatch all have muffs and a beard or would some have and some not? Also if I bred two that did not have muffs or a beard would any of the chicks have them? Or what if one had muffs and a beard and the other did not what then?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Muffs/beards are quite variable in expression. If either of the silkies has two copies of the gene, all offspring will display some amount of muffs/beards. If both are het. for the gene (have one copy), about 25% will inherit two copies of the NOT-muffs/beard allele, and should be unbearded.
     
  3. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So basicaly there is no way to be certain that you are or are not going to get a silkie with or without muffs and a beard?
     

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