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Silkie x LF Cochin??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mikarod, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    I'm thinking of AIing my LF Blue Cochin with silkie sperm in order to increase the size of broody birds.

    Do you think this cross would be successful? Would the chicks come out with the strong "urge" to brood since both breeds are nknon for their broody abilities???

    What about the skin color, etc? Would the chicks come out silkified??

  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    The birds would likely have a tendency toward broodiness.

    The skin color would be darker than a cochin's, but lighter than the silkie parent's.

    All the f1 chicks would be smooth feathered, carrying the silkie gene. If these birds were bred back to a silkie, 50% would have two copies of the gene, and therefore have silkie feathering and 50% would be smooth, heterozygous for the silkie gene. if you bred f1 x f1, you would get 25% smooth, without the gene, 50% smooth, het for the gene, and 25% with silkie feathering.
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Thank goodness! I believe I will stick with the F1 generation as the weather here would NOT be ideal for silkied feathers.

    I was worried all offspring would come out with silkied feathers. I'm glad to know that is NOT the case! Thank you LilPeeps!
  4. chickNjake

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    that sounds good to me! If you do don't forget to post pictures!!!
  5. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Would using a bird that has already shown broodiness at least once be the best candidate for the AI?

    I'm not sure if broodiness is genetic but I'm fairly certain that it is because of the fact that my Minorca "line" was a broody line.
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yup, I firmly believe broodiness is genetic and I would AI known broodies. Good luck.

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