Silkie Genetic ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by LauraSBale, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mom is a White Silkie, Mommy silkie was not happy about getting her pic taken this morning, so i don't have a pic of her
    Dad not sure what you would call his color
    and 5 of there kids I have not gotten any whites,
    is there a Genetic reason why all the kids are pretty much the same color,


    ~Dad and baby 13 weeks old, they didn't want to come out of the dog house

    ~New baby's 1 week old today, these guys have more grey to them than the 13 week old
  2. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    Daddy is a splash...are you sure the mother of these chicks was white? Looks more like the mother could be the other blue one in the second picture!!![​IMG]
  3. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh thats dad again, mom is white she looks like your Avatar
  4. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    I understand that white silkies are recessive, so although mom will give a white gene to all her babies, it will be trumped by everything else the chicks are given. Picture homozygous recessive white as a curtain that covers all her other color genes: Take away one of the white genes, and the curtain is lifted to reveal the color she would have been had she not been white. In her case, since her chicks are all blue, she seems to have a black base. She would have to be bred to a white roo or one of her descendants in order to have white chicks, but now you may be able to predict what colors her babies will be if bred to other colors!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  5. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:thanks, I understand completely

    I breed chinchillas, and they have recessive genes, and once in while it will pop up at any given time, it may take 2 to 5 generations, you think you have a pure line, and 8 litters down another mutation pops up.

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