Silkies "Silver Gene" in white

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by poultryinmotion, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. poultryinmotion

    poultryinmotion Out Of The Brooder

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    I already have a beautiful white rooster. But a few months back I bought a beautiful "White" rooster for a very reasonable price for my white silkies. I was told it had the "Silver gene". If I look closely at this rooster especially on his back I see gray. The same color one would find around the kneck of a gray silkie. It is hard to see if you don't know what to look for.

    Long story short now I have yellow chics (real whites) and I also have yellow chics with splotches of this "gray" on various parts of their bodies("Silver Gene"?) Heads and backs mostly. These "Silver Gene" chics are beautiful (All 5 toes are extremely full feathered) but even though I have a great deal of space to experiment. I would rather nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand and my mixed pen takes up most of my alloted space. My questions are................

    Is this trait desirable?

    Will these chics grow out of this trait?

    Can it be bred out and still retain the feathering on the feet?

    I don't know for sure how old the roo (silver gene) I bought is.

    I have really nice smoker and I can't think of any better chicken suited for smoking than a silkie. Just kidding!.....well maybe not.....hmmmm
     
  2. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet Home Alabama!!
    I wanna see!! Pics Please!
     
  3. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    honestly i read on here that the white gene masks so many colors!!! i would use the roo on something like my feather legged EE project i half started but i dont think that is a great trait to have
     
  4. poultryinmotion

    poultryinmotion Out Of The Brooder

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    OK here are pics of ("Silver white"?)chics of two that are less than 24 hrs old.

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    I can get each foot if you like. Toes spread too.
    As for the Roo, its late and rainy. I will do what I can first light.
     
  5. poultryinmotion

    poultryinmotion Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have a feathered legged EE Roo you want him he is yours. Mind you the feathering is very minimal. I guess a pic is in order.....[​IMG]
     
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    It's looks like normal white chick down to me......

    In my experience, the ones that hatch out yellow tend to have feathers that yellow when they are older.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with Jean. In my experience, these silvery ones feather in a much cleaner, crisper white.
     
  8. poultryinmotion

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    pips&peeps :

    It's looks like normal white chick down to me......

    In my experience, the ones that hatch out yellow tend to have feathers that yellow when they are older.

    I truly hope you are right. Until I know for sure I will be keeping two white pens. Most hens going to the original white roo without the "Silver Gene"

    I will do what I can to show a pic of the original roo...I have one here somewhere.....and the back of the suspect roo. no pics at all for now.​
     
  9. poultryinmotion

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    Quote:I was worried but now I AM FEELING A BIT BETTER. [​IMG]
     
  10. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a feathered legged EE Roo you want him he is yours. Mind you the feathering is very minimal. I guess a pic is in order.....[​IMG]

    i thought you meant they were almost a splash color in the markings or something that looks normal i did alot of silkie research when i thought i wanted them a few months back and ya i would like to have him where are you???
     

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