Silkie Color/Genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by angelarum, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. angelarum

    angelarum New Egg

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    I find all kinds of posts about color but NONE that tell you what you need to mix to get those colors! What colors do you need to cross to get partridge? I gave some of my silkie eggs to someone to hatch and they all look dark/chocolate brown but some have variations of gold/brown/silver on them and I am wondering if these could be partridge and also wondering what color they may turn into as they grow as I know this can change some.....

    My roo is a buff and I have one blue hen and one white hen.
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    In order to get standard colored offspring you need to start with standard colored parents. You don't mix colors to get them. Of course silkies are probably the breed people have color crossed the most, so many birds carry hidden genes. Many blacks carry partridge for instance. The only way to be sure of what genes your birds have is to get them from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder won't cross colors unless they have a project in mind, and they will let you know if that's the case.

    As for your birds. white silkies are most often recessive white. Recessive white acts as an off switch, preventing colors and patterns from showing. Yor white hen could be anything genetically - partridge, black, blue, buff, or even a mixed color. Buff is another tough gene. There are many ways to create buff. Crossing buff to blue (and therefore black, since a blue bird is one that is black with a blue gene) usually results in black/buff or blue/buff offspring. Most likely the offspring from your birds will be a mixed (nonstandard) color.
     
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