Silkie, what color is my boy? Partridge?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AmyJ, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. AmyJ

    AmyJ Songster

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    I was looking on here for pictures of blue partridge, someone said I would get blue partridge if I bred my two silkies together. I know I have a blue girl and thought I had a partridge boy. In seeing other pics on here, I am not sure my boy is partridge. The other partridge silkies I see on here are a lot darker in color. So just wondering if he is, if not what color is he?

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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hi Amy! I think he might be a mix of colors.....I've had a partridge, and it's a bit more on the brown side. But he's really cute tho![​IMG]
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

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    He is a grey who is also showing autosomal red. Some call this tortoishell. Both his parents carry silver.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Is the boy the offspring of your blues? Or are you wanting to know what colour of offspring he and your blues will have?
     
  5. AmyJ

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    Quote:Ok so he is not partridge! These are my first silkies so I have no idea on color. I got them both as chicks and was told thats what they were. Yes I was just wondering what color offspring they would have. My kids love the silkies and my nieces are in love too, so I was thinking next year of hatching a couple of chicks from them, but dont know what color they would be.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Well, depending on whether your blue girls are silver or gold gened, you may get greys or goldens; but in either case, the penciling will be incomplete. Also, the autosomal red will pass to the offspring, so none will be a truly correct colouring.
     
  7. AmyJ

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    Quote:I'm so glad you know all about genetics etc. I have no idea and am still trying to figure it out lol. Thanks for all your help:) So now I am thinking maybe I dont want to hatch any eggs from them. I think maybe Id rather get some eggs and hatch them next year. Maybe get more blues, so if I did want to in the future I would at least have an accepted color. I usually let my broodies hatch them as they do a better job then me lol. What colors would you suggest getting? I know with the blues you could get b/b/s so I would have a few different colors then.
     

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