SILKIE colors and what do you get when you cross colors

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FrenchToast, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

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    Hello,

    I am new here a new to chickens as well. I have fallen in love with silkies and have decided I would like to get a few pairs to breed etc.

    Is there a good site that would tell me what colors I would expect to get with different crosses. Sorry I didn't pay much attention in biology class so I need a refresher in genetics! LOL

    What about breeding a bearded with a non bearded?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    most people keep the colors separate only certain colors can be shown. white with white, buff to buff, ect. but you can keep blue black and splash all in one pen, most abbreviate this as BBS. pick a color you like and go from there they are addictive fluff balls
     
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    most people keep the colors separate only certain colors can be shown. white with white, buff to buff, ect. but you can keep blue black and splash all in one pen, most abbreviate this as BBS. pick a color you like and go from there they are addictive fluff balls sorry this computer keeps double posting
     
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  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    If you breed a black to a blue it will make splash. Everything else will just be called a calico (mixed between colors is the name).
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Quote:Sorry Maxx, but that's wrong. Black to Blue produces black and blue. Here are the crossings:

    Black x Black = 100% Black
    Splash x Splash = 100% Splash
    Blue x Blue = 25% Black 50% Blue 25% Splash
    Blue x Black = 50% Blue 50% Black
    Blue x Splash = 50% Blue 50% Splash
    Black x Splash = 100% Blue
     
  6. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:Thats not right. Year of the Rooster is correct above. And not all mixed colors are called calico either.

    With mixed colors you'll never know what will you come out with. But if you wanting to breed, sell, or show it's better to keep colors together.
     
  7. ShysCreations

    ShysCreations Chillin' With My Peeps

    At a county fair once I saw a beautiful buff/splash cross--she had a creamy buff base with dark flecks of gray & caramel. I am hoping to put buff & splash together to get a similar result. Though am hearing it could be various results--smutty buff, etc. My avatar hen was a result of a blue/buff mating with her smoky face. Granted, I don't plan to show birds and choose this project for my time & resources for our own personal enjoyment.
     
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Well, maybe I can tell ya, in a few minutes here! [​IMG]

    I am in the middle of a hatch from my Silkies. I have all of my Silkies penned together for the winter, for warmth. A girl I work with asked me to hatch her some, and didn't care about color. In my pen I have white, buff, splash, and blue.

    As soon as they all dry off and fluff up, I will take a picture for ya.
     
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  9. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ive heard white crossed with any color produces white i was also wondering if i pen(free range) my 10 silkys together 5blue/black and 5white will they separate into groups whites staying together and blues together?
     
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:No ... they are just chickens ... and I think they are color blind! [​IMG]
     
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