Silkie chicks different color than parent

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bassgarden, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Bassgarden

    Bassgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend is raising black silkies. The rooster with the hens are all pure breed. I hatched the eggs last week, and out of the 8, 3 were black, 4 are light grey, and 1 that is striped. Is this normal with silkies? and will the colors change?
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    I also got eggs from the rhode island red hens who mated with the same black silkie. I got 2 of them that are a little larger than the others and are currently Yellow. I wonder how those will turn out.

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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like at least one of the black silkies is actually blue. The depth of blue can vary from light to almost black. Blue x black results in blue and black offspring. The first chick is blue. The second is either a splash (from a blue x blue breeding), or recessive white. I would guess splash but you will know when more feathers come in. The last is partridge. One or both parents is hiding that under the black.
     
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  3. Bassgarden

    Bassgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I'm looking forward to them maturing. It is possible that one of the mothers is actually blue silkie, but they looked all black silkies to me.
     

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