Silkie color experts...never hatched chicks like these

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Lynn_Farm, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    These are my newest hatchlings. Was told from the breeder that I'd likely get white or buff chicks. White roo over a buff hen. These definitely aren't white or buff, but not sure what color pattern to classify them? About half are a lemon yellow (more so than in the pic) with a tan chipmunk stripe. Have lighter grey feet, not the typical silkie black. The others are a grey with faint chipmunk stripe. Ends of down appear to have some white interspersed. These ones have black feet. Any ideas?
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    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  2. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a better photo...
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  3. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    In the second pic the one on the left looks like partridge, not sure on the other one. Could it be that the parents were not purebred silkies? All of the chicks should have black skin and 5 toes regardless of the color of their down.
     
  4. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I suppose it is possible, though I hope not! Purchased the eggs from a reputable breeder of show quality stock and paid quite a bit $ [​IMG] . The yellow ones do have different feet than my other silkies (pink toes and light grey skin on the feet, black skin everywhere else).
     
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Hopefully one of the silkie experts on here will weigh in!
     
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    When you don't breed buff to buff or white to white, you never know what you will get. Especially white to white. Think of white as paint that covers up whatever might be "underneath". So a white bred to a buff could give you anything.

    It's my understanding that frequently white bred to anything else will often give you partridge. I just don't have a the genetics stuff down yet...but I'm working on it.

    Hopefully Sonoran or Crested Horizon, etc., will chime in here soon.
     
  7. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    There are several noted lines of silkies that tend to throw chicks with a pink skinned toe or two. I can always tell if one of my hens is the mother of a chick, she almost always throws a pink toe or two- most of which darken as they mature.

    The white on buff breeding could give you quite a few possibilities depending on what white is masking. Looks like possible partridge (which I have heard quite a few whites carry). You would be much better off keeping the colors separate.
     

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