Silkie colors

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CantSkipThis, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. CantSkipThis

    CantSkipThis Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyon
    I have a black Silkie hen and a black Silkie rooster. One of my Wheaten Marans hens went broody so I decided to let her hatch some of the Silkie eggs. I now have 6 adorable Silkie chicks. Heres the catch... I have no idea what color they are. Three are black but two look like brown chipmunks with strips down their back and one is a really cool grey color. I also have blue, buff and white Silkie chicks that I bought from a breeder in the same brooder. The grey chick is not white or blue and I have no idea what to call the brown chipmunk chicks.
    I guess I just assumed crossing a black hen on a black roo would get me all black chicks. Any ideas what these guys will turn out to be?

    Thanks! I might be able to post pictures of the chicks if needed.
     
  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anything about color genetics, but when I have brown chipmunk chicks they grow into partridge.
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    The chipmunk ones will probably be partridge and the grey may be a grey.
     
  4. CantSkipThis

    CantSkipThis Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it normal for a black silkie crossed on a black silkie to produce other colors?
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    No. Black X black should give all black chicks. Any chance some other rooster got to the hen, or some other hen laid the eggs?

    Sometimes a "black" is really a very dark blue. Can you post photos of the chicks and both parents?
     
  6. Jasper_899

    Jasper_899 Out Of The Brooder

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    Something similar happened to me when I hatched eggs from a black hen who was with black roosters. I wasn't actually planning on hatching any eggs this summer but she was killed this spring by ravens so I had no choice but to save the few eggs she left for me. I stuck them under my broody EE and two of the chicks are black (one doesn't have the extra two on both feet) And then there is one chick who is black with some white spots. it is really confusing me, but I'm guessing it will grow out of them and feather out black? I'm sure the parents are black, and I have shown them before under the color black and the hen did very well.
    All three chicks together
    http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg24/jasper_899/IMG_4120.jpg
    http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg24/jasper_899/IMG_4123.jpg

    And it is in the background behind this black chick, you can really see the white on its head, wing and chest.
    http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg24/jasper_899/IMG_4126.jpg
     
  7. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i would almost say that that one is a blue
     
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Need pics... [​IMG]
     
  9. CantSkipThis

    CantSkipThis Out Of The Brooder

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    The only other Rooster I have is a huge BLRW Roo and there is no chance he bred the Silkie hen. My Silkie Roo is the boss and chases the BLRW Roo all over the yard. We watch our chickens alot of Ive never even seen the BLRW Roo with in 20 feet of the Silkie hen. I also dont have any other banty hens so Im sure all the eggs are hers. My two little black Silkies are so in love, they never leave eachothers side. Its pretty cute. Ill try and post some pictures of the parents and chicks later today. Thanks!
     
  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i breed my partridge to my blacks if u breed 2 these babies togeather would u get partridge
     

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