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Silkie genetics question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cavendish Chickens, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just curious on how the lavender colored silkie came about? I heard something about someone breeding certain colors until they got the lavender color. I have a hard time reading and following the threads on this topic, so if someone could please fill me in on this, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They came about by breeding a Silkie to a breed that already had the lavender gene, probably a Cochin. From there it took years to improve on the quality to come up to the Standard.
     
  3. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OHHHH... Okay. Thank you Robin. That makes sense [​IMG]
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Actually I think it came from breeding to Old English, not cochin. Lavender is still new with cochins [​IMG]
     

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