Silkie Color Genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by morninggloryhatchery, May 20, 2010.

  1. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!
    I have a question on the Silkies color genes and what you breed together to get this, Etc.
    I was hoping some of you could help me out. Example -
    Black X Splash = ?

    I'm making a notebook of alot of things of this breed and this is the last thing I need to cover.
    Thanks for any help![​IMG]
     
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Splash is the result of the incompletely dominant blue gene in the homozygous state.

    Splash x splash = 100% splash

    Splash x blue = 50% splash, 50% blue

    Splash x black = 100% blue

    Blue x blue = 25% splash, 50% blue, 25% black

    Blue x black = 50% blue, 50% black

    Black x black = 100% black
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  3. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I get colors like Lavender, Buff, Red, or Cuckoo?
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You would need to introduce birds carrying those genes.
     
  5. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K awesome.
    So If the rooster Is carrying Lavender genes, and the hens you can chose from are Blue and Calico, what is the possibility for a Lavender chick to come in?
     
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no chance the resulting chicks will be lav if the hens are not carrying it. Lav is a recessive gene so it must be in the homozygous state for a bird to be phenotypically lav. Since the male is het lav, 50% of the chicks will get a copy of the gene, however these chicks will be indistinguishable from the ones not carrying it.
     
  7. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help! [​IMG]
     
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anytime! [​IMG]
     
  9. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is very helpful
    can i also ask couple more questions?

    is black also an incomplete dominant blue gene?

    is white recessive or dominant?
     
  10. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Black is just the lack of any other genes. Blue is its own gene, when a bird is not carrying it (or anything else that would allow it to be seen phenotypically), a bird is black.

    There are both dominant and recessive whites.
     

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