Silkie genetics questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickfever, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

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    Crazy weather won't let me stay online for more than about 5 minutes at a time and then I've gotta start all over when I get it back. So, if there's a kind person would could sort of point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it and please don't roll your eyes and puff when I ask [​IMG].

    I have a (I assume) splash silkie trio. They don't have poufy heads nor do they have beards. Do the roos or the hens carry the vault gene? What about beards?

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  2. LilPeeps

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    You will not likely get either vaults or beards from your trio.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    For what ever reason, you will find more vaulted skulls among the females than among males, but it isn;t exclusive. I've never seen a gene documented for causing it. Crests and vaults are not synonymous, although I've never heard of a vaulted skull when there wasn't a crest. But there are plenty of well-crested bird without a vault.

    How old are your birds? If chicks, the crest may not have grown in from the non-vaulted head yet.
     
  4. Chickfever

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    So even if I cross with some with vaulted heads or beards there's no possibility? They are pretty colored too [​IMG].

    They are old enough to lay. I bought them at an auction so I'm not sure how old they are.
     
  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Songster

    It has been suggested that a gene causing vaults (cerebral hernia) is closely linked with the crest gene. However some types of crest are not associated with vaults.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Crest and beards are both incompletely dominant. If you cross a crested bird with a non crested one they offspring will usually have smaller crests, which can vary from a tassel styled crest of just a few feathers up to a full crest. Likewise with beards.
     
  7. Chickfever

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    So it would be a toss up with a cross. Maybe one day I'll stumble across some pretty ones [​IMG].

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!
     

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