Silkie genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickfever, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked this before, but didn't get the exact answer I was looking for.

    What do you get if you cross 2 black silkies?
    How about a black and a blue?
    I'm guessing 2 buffs make a buff?
     
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    SusanJoM Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew, I'll have to be able to actually sit and think to figure that out. I was hoping there was a simple answer [​IMG].

    Thanks for the link!
     
  4. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was hoping there was a simple answer

    Kaz's site is a great resource, but it helps to know a little about genetics first. But there is a simple answer, or there ought to be, presuming the birds are pure bred [​IMG]
    Blacks bred together ought to give offspring which are black
    Black & blue bred together ought to give offspring in the ratio of approx 50% black & 50% blue
    Buff bred with buff will give all buff offspring.
    This applies to any breed not just silkies.

    Hwyl fawr
    Krys​
     
  5. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To the best of my knowledge, they are pure. Is there a way to look at them and tell?

    How about splash? How do you get splash?

    I'm trying to decide which I want to keep and which to get rid of [​IMG].

    Thanks!
     
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get Splash from breeding Blue to Blue or Blue to Splash.
    Blue to Blue will produce approx. 25 % splash and Blue to Splash will produce about 50% Splash. As mentioned above this is true of the Andalusian Blue gene in any type chicken.
     
  7. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! That's what I was looking for. So I need to keep my blacks and blues and then my buffs.

    Too bad I don't have partridge hens [​IMG].

    Thanks again everyone!
     

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