Silkie color genetics chart?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sweeterdeeter42, May 16, 2011.

  1. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where can I find the combinations/genetic chart for silkie colors? Is there one online I can find?
     
  2. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh that was way more than I can understand! haha. I guess I should just ask outright what I want to know, because I really didnt understand much of what those sites said. I have a splash roo and a white hen and a black "hen". What will I get if I cross my splash roo with my white hen? I know with the splash and the black I will get b/b/s chicks. And what would I get if my black hen ends up being a roo and I cross him with my white hen?
    Please use simple words, I never took any advanced biology classes so I dont quite get all of the genetics terminology. [​IMG]
     
  3. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you can take all of that to the bank for what absolutely will happen. I noticed that combining white with black will produce white. Not in my case, it produced black.
     
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have gotten gray chicks from white/black matings.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Every white can be genetically different. The question you are asking is somthing along the lines of what kind of stew will I have if I add a random can from the pantry. If that random can is carrots or corn or some other sort of vegetable, it may mix well with the stwe, but if it is cherries or peaches,you will have a mighty strange stew.
     
  6. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So with white it is just a shot in the dark as to what they will throw unless you know the genetic makeup of every bird in the lines that created that specific white bird?
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:exactly; but if any ancestors of unknown background were brought in (as is usual), that completely throws of the "known background."
     
  8. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So any idea what a white rooster and a buff hen woudl produce? So if white is a dominant color, if I have a white pair, (not knowing background) they should always produce white chicks?
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The usual white is silkies is recessive. Yes, there is also a dominant white gene, but it is not at all common in silkies. Please read my earlier post. THere is no answer to white X buff. Regardless of dominant or recessive, white X white should always produce white.

    Edited to add: on the very unlikely assumption that one is dominant white and the other recessive white, their chicks will not be completely white. Any red/gold pigment inherited from either parent will display; black pigment will not display.
     
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