silkie hen with normal rooster what will I get?

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  1. member9236

    member9236 New Egg

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    hi

    If I mixed a Silkie hen with a normal white rooster like the one in the picture what will their chicks be?

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Silkie feathering is recessive. So, if you breed a silkie to a non-silkie, you get regular feathered chicks.

    But....

    Those chicks carry the recessive gene for silkie feathers. So, if you bred one of those chicks back to a pure silkie, you'd get half silkie feathered birds and half regular feathered, but still split to silkie.

    Or....

    If you bred those chicks to each other, instead of back to a silkie, you'd get 25% silkies, 50% split to silkie (regular feathered but with the recessive silkie gene( and 25% regular feathered, with no silkie gene.


    A silkie hen with that rooster will have regular feathered chicks. They'll probably have black skin, lightly feathered legs, and five toes. Partial beards and crests, depending on how crested and bearded the momma is.

    Not sure if that rooster has dominant white or not, but probably. You'll likely get a lot of white chicks.
     
  3. member9236

    member9236 New Egg

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    thanks donrae
    very informative reply
     

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