Silkie x ISA brown

sylviethecochin

Free Ranging
Jun 14, 2017
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Not an ISA, no... but I do know a few things about genetics, and I have crossed silkies with EE, Wyandotte, and OEGB.

White silkies are generally recessive white, which means that your chicks should not be white. (because it takes two recessive whites to make a white chicken, and he can only pass on one recessive white gene.) However, there's no way of knowing what pattern gene they carry under all that recessive white fluff, and ISA's carry a dominant white gene that can make the offspring almost completely white.

Basically, you could get just about anything colourwise. Black, white, red, partridge, etc. I got a blue tuxedo rooster from one of these crosses. (Really wanted to keep that boy...)

There are a few things that we do know for certain, though.

Extra toes, dark skin, crests, and beards/muffs (if your silkie is muffed/bearded) are dominant. Normal feathering is dominant, but there will be more fluffiness in the offspring than in the mother.

Roosters may have light legs, but hens will definitely have dark ones (leg color and skin colour are two different things, weirdly.) The walnut comb of the rooster should cross with the single comb of the hen to create something like a rosecomb, as many comb genetics are co-dominant (co-dominant genes combine. Dominant/recessive genes have only one outcome--that of the dominant gene.)

Hope this helps, and a random google image search turned up this picture:

8239913595_364cfd55b4.jpg
 

won023

Songster
Jan 31, 2017
461
248
166
England
Not an ISA, no... but I do know a few things about genetics, and I have crossed silkies with EE, Wyandotte, and OEGB.

White silkies are generally recessive white, which means that your chicks should not be white. (because it takes two recessive whites to make a white chicken, and he can only pass on one recessive white gene.) However, there's no way of knowing what pattern gene they carry under all that recessive white fluff, and ISA's carry a dominant white gene that can make the offspring almost completely white.

Basically, you could get just about anything colourwise. Black, white, red, partridge, etc. I got a blue tuxedo rooster from one of these crosses. (Really wanted to keep that boy...)

There are a few things that we do know for certain, though.

Extra toes, dark skin, crests, and beards/muffs (if your silkie is muffed/bearded) are dominant. Normal feathering is dominant, but there will be more fluffiness in the offspring than in the mother.

Roosters may have light legs, but hens will definitely have dark ones (leg color and skin colour are two different things, weirdly.) The walnut comb of the rooster should cross with the single comb of the hen to create something like a rosecomb, as many comb genetics are co-dominant (co-dominant genes combine. Dominant/recessive genes have only one outcome--that of the dominant gene.)

Hope this helps, and a random google image search turned up this picture:

8239913595_364cfd55b4.jpg
Wow thanks for the very helpful info really helps!
 

Chicken Momma 27

In the Brooder
Mar 22, 2021
15
17
31
Not an ISA, no... but I do know a few things about genetics, and I have crossed silkies with EE, Wyandotte, and OEGB.

White silkies are generally recessive white, which means that your chicks should not be white. (because it takes two recessive whites to make a white chicken, and he can only pass on one recessive white gene.) However, there's no way of knowing what pattern gene they carry under all that recessive white fluff, and ISA's carry a dominant white gene that can make the offspring almost completely white.

Basically, you could get just about anything colourwise. Black, white, red, partridge, etc. I got a blue tuxedo rooster from one of these crosses. (Really wanted to keep that boy...)

There are a few things that we do know for certain, though.

Extra toes, dark skin, crests, and beards/muffs (if your silkie is muffed/bearded) are dominant. Normal feathering is dominant, but there will be more fluffiness in the offspring than in the mother.

Roosters may have light legs, but hens will definitely have dark ones (leg color and skin colour are two different things, weirdly.) The walnut comb of the rooster should cross with the single comb of the hen to create something like a rosecomb, as many comb genetics are co-dominant (co-dominant genes combine. Dominant/recessive genes have only one outcome--that of the dominant gene.)

Hope this helps, and a random google image search turned up this picture:

8239913595_364cfd55b4.jpg
Not an ISA, no... but I do know a few things about genetics, and I have crossed silkies with EE, Wyandotte, and OEGB.

White silkies are generally recessive white, which means that your chicks should not be white. (because it takes two recessive whites to make a white chicken, and he can only pass on one recessive white gene.) However, there's no way of knowing what pattern gene they carry under all that recessive white fluff, and ISA's carry a dominant white gene that can make the offspring almost completely white.

Basically, you could get just about anything colourwise. Black, white, red, partridge, etc. I got a blue tuxedo rooster from one of these crosses. (Really wanted to keep that boy...)

There are a few things that we do know for certain, though.

Extra toes, dark skin, crests, and beards/muffs (if your silkie is muffed/bearded) are dominant. Normal feathering is dominant, but there will be more fluffiness in the offspring than in the mother.

Roosters may have light legs, but hens will definitely have dark ones (leg color and skin colour are two different things, weirdly.) The walnut comb of the rooster should cross with the single comb of the hen to create something like a rosecomb, as many comb genetics are co-dominant (co-dominant genes combine. Dominant/recessive genes have only one outcome--that of the dominant gene.)

Hope this helps, and a random google image search turned up this picture:

8239913595_364cfd55b4.jpg
Here is a pic of my cross breed. All white silkie roo with isa brown hen
 

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