Silkie Seramas? frizzle serama?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by apc, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Recently aquired a buff serama that has silkie feathering.
    Was wondering what causes this?
    Will it cross over to the offspring?
    Is this desirable?
    Just kinda curious. Also wondering how to get a frizzle serama?
     
  2. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    The silkied or hookless feather gene in seramas occurs naturally, it's part of their genotype. Can't say for certain if yours is pure without seeing a photo and knowing its background, but I would bet if it's not, it has nothing to do with the silkied gene. BlueGrassSeramas breeds excellent quality Frizzled Seramas.

    Silkied gene is easy to figure from Punnet Square:

    Silkied X Silkied = all silkied offspring
    Silkied X smooth non carrier= 100% smooth feathered but a silkied carrier
    Silkied x smooth carrier for silkied=50% silkied, 50% smooth feathered silkied carrier
    Silkied carrier X Silkied carrier=25% silkied, 50% smooth split (carrier) for silkied and 25% smooth nonsilkied carrier. This is the worst possible combination because you cannot visually tell which smooth feathered birds actually carry the silkied gene without test breeding for it.

    And when referring to hookless feathered seramas, it's general acceptance to use the term "silkied" instead of silkie so as not to confuse with the silkie chicken we all know. Carrier or split means that the individual has a gene (in this case silkied) aka genotype but does not express it in phenotype (what you see when you look at the bird).
     
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  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Wow! I never knew any of that! Thank you!
     
  4. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very Cool, I'd be interested to get some more to introduce to my flock [​IMG]
    And now doing more research theres even booted seramas [​IMG]
     
  5. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Maybe someday we'll have crested Seramas too!
     

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