Silkie Color Genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Airilith, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking at Ideal's website. And for their blue silkies it says that you can get blue, black or splash. So what are the genetics behind those colors. Will blacks and splashes also throw blues? What about the whites? And the lavanders? Haha! So many questions.

    While I'm at it, are beards dominant?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what I found on the BBS and Lavender...

    Basic Colors

    Blue/Black/Splash (BBS)

    Blue x Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash

    Blue x Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash

    Blue x Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black

    Black x Splash = 100% Blue

    Black x Black = 100% Black

    Splash x Splash = 100% Splash

    NOTES - - Black can NEVER parent a Splash Bird, and Splash can NEVER parent a Black Bird.

    Lavender

    Lavender (Self Blue) x Lavender (Self Blue) = 100% Lavender (Self Blue)

    Lavender (Self Blue) x Black = 100% Split (Visually Black, with Lavender gene hidden)

    Split x Split = 25% Lavender (Self Blue), 50% Split, 25% Black

    Lavender (Self Blue) x Split = 50% Lavender (Self Blue), 50% Split
    Split x Black = 50% Split, 50% Black



    Have no Idea about beards I'll be watching this for that answer...[​IMG]
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    To add to the above, white turns OFF the expression of all other colour and pattern genes present in the bird. Therefore no two whites are likely to be the same genetic variety underneath that switch, and cannot be predictably bred to other varieties.

    Bearded is incompletely dominant, meaning that one copy of the gene will produce a partially beared bird, versus two copies which will produce a fully beared bird. The amount of expression varies, and should be selected for.
     
  4. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Those BBS genetics sound like so much fun. I really need to get a coop together.

    What does Lavander (Self blue) mean?
     
  5. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    what if i took a splash x a white silkie...would i get 50% of each??
     
  6. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I believe a normal blue has 1 blue and 1 black gene... where a lavender (self blue) has 2 blue genes and they will only produce other lavenders because they always through a blue gene and blue is dominant. At least in Turkeys that is how that was explained...please correct me if I am wrong!
     
  7. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So lavander isn't really a color than? It's just a blue who, when mated to another lavander, will only produce 100% blues?

    Gosh I love genetics!
     
  8. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    So lavander isn't really a color than? It's just a blue who, when mated to another lavander, will only produce 100% blues?

    Lavender is an entirely different gene to blue. Blue (often called Andalusian Blue) & lavender are dilutions.​
     
  9. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, lavender's a completely different gene. It is a recessive gene, so a bird must possess two copies for it to be visible. Blue is incompletely dominant, so with one copy of the gene, the bird is blue. If a bird has two copies of the blue gene, it is a splash.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Re-read post #3.
     

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