Silkies, Black rooster white hen; what color will babies be?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mikeshole, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Mikeshole

    Mikeshole Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
  2. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Depending on what colors are behind the 2 chickens, you can get black and whites, ir you could get black chickens with white , or white chickens with black
    those 2 colors are hard because black is dominant color and white hides any other color.

    If chicken genetics are anything nearly as confusing as rabbit genetics you could have a white hen , hiding buff, splash, blues etc..
    Black could be covering up blues, chocolates, and any dilute color inbetween.
    do you know the parents behind you 2 chickens?
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    LOL what gypsy said in spades...

    White is a masker of other colors beneath or "behind" it.
    Black is a masker of other colors "behind" it.

    So you picked the ultimate crapshoot for a breeding. Partridge is a good bet. But almost anything is possible. Black is very likely.

    And it does depend entirely on the background not apparent colors.

    Good luck and I hope you get a rainbow [​IMG]
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    You may get any one of thousands of color combinations. Either way, crossing a white to a black will create a cross colored bird that will probably never breed true again. Unfortunately, crossing colors in chickens isn't like mixing paint, there is no sure way to predict the outcome.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 8, 2009
  5. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    Re: PouletsDeCajun
    Love your name. Very unique. Visited your website. Very nice - and your birds are lovely.
    (Apologize for the thread interruption).

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