Silkie Genetics Question???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Egg_newton, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Postied this in the Wrong Section. So, now I'm posting in the right one. Sorry for the duplication.


    I bought some hatching eggs off e-bay all but one of them hatched!!! Pretty good for shipped eggs. I am wanting to know what colors I have. I bought B/B/S eggs and threw in 2 from my white silkies.
    [​IMG] The one on the right has yellow feet and beak, but has five toes. It is black with a yellow top knot and face with black around it eyes. I e-mailed the lady and asked if maybe a rooster sneaked in from another pen or she got an egg mixed up from another pen, and I wasn't sure if it hatched out of a blue, black, or splash egg since my broody orp hatched them for me. She replied there was no way it was a mix and probably came out of her black silkie pen. She said they were blacks that had not been mixed for several generations but occasionally a recessive gene will pop up. Is this common?
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    Will these chicks turn out blue or splash?
     
  2. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    It can happen. There may be a hidden white gene in her blacks.
    bottom pic- left= either dark splash or light blue. Middle=splash. Right=blue.
    Just my best guess on the colors. [​IMG]
     
  3. reesepoultry

    reesepoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The top picture, The one on the far right. Looks like a WCB Polish chick to me.
     
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  4. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

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    I agree with ReesePoultry- that is a Polish chick(top pic on the right)..maybe she just either sent a wrong egg or possibly mislabeled the egg when gathering them...
     
  5. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking it looked like a polish chick myself. But it has five toes and I though Polish only had four. She does have cuckoo silkies and sizzles. Maybe one of those??? I know it is ideal to breed a cuckoo with a black to try for better coloring. I can't find a pic of a cuckoo chick for comparison. Never mind just read a cuckoo chick looks like a blue when born. So, it's not a cuckoo...
     
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  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:More likely houdan since it has 5 toes; also looks mottled. I guess we should ask, though if the feet are feathered on this chick.

    A hidden white gene will not cause the chick at the right in the top photo. A cuckoo should look black with a white spot on its head. Will only look blue if it is a blue cuckoo.
     
  7. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it does have feathered feet.
     
  8. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is a sizzle that could explain the yellow feet. it is not cuckoo this is a cuckoo chick
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  9. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

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    Maybe a Sultan??
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:My cuckoos have never looked like a blue; they look like a typical barred/cuckoo chick: black with a white headspot.
     

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