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Silkie Colors + Genetics?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Orcae, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Orcae

    Orcae Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2011
    My mother has instructed me to ask this...bare with me [​IMG]
    Do you get splash silkies by breeding blacks with whites? If you breed white x white will you get all white offspring every time? etc
    We're having issues - we're going to get 2 silkie hens and 1 roo. I want 2 splash hens. Mom wants 1 black, 1 white, and 1 buff and she doesn't care which is which gender as long as 2 are hens. These silkies are supposed to be for me, I think I should get to pick the color of my own birds..lmao
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  2. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    From the way I have seen it explained, white is an "off" switch. It basically hides any other color that may be in the birds genetics. You cannot tell what the white is hiding unless you breed it to a non-white bird.

    If I do not have this mixed up:

    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 Black = 100% Black
    Splash X Black = 100% Blue
    Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
  3. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Quote:splash is a dilute of blue
    blue +blue = 25%black, 50%blue, 25%slash
    buff to any thing but buff well make mess out ur colors
    black + splash =blue100%
  4. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Actually Splash is Pure blue getting a copy of the Andalusian Blue from each parent. Blue is inpure having only one copy of the gene. Andalusian blue does act as a dilute.

    Also in answer to the question on White to White. The recessive white we see most often will most always produce white offspring. White to anything else is a crap shoot.
  5. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    Wonderful chart... now can you tell me what white over splash would breed?

  6. 4hchickmama

    4hchickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2012
    Very cool! I have been interested in the color genetics for a while. I have a blue (very dark blue) and splash hen I was wondering what colors i would need in a roo to get specifically colored babies. Thanks for the info
  7. WarrenHound

    WarrenHound Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2012
  8. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008

    That can not be predicted unless one knows the breed of chicken used and the genetics of the white bird.

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