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Silkies - what are the mixed kinds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickens 4 2, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. chickens 4 2

    chickens 4 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some black silkies and some white. They are now separated but when they were together I got some mixed ones. I am wondering if they are called something other than "mixed". I've heard of "splash" but don't know what that is and something else I can't think of. I guess what they turn out to be depends on if it is a white hen/black roo or a black hen/white roo? I've seen some that are a darkish gray and some that are kind of a golden brown. [​IMG]
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    White x Black or vice versa does not produce Grey, Splash, Buff, Partridge, etc. All of those colors are varieties, not mixes of any sort.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    When you mix two different coloured/patterned chickens, it's kind of like every copy of every gene contributed by each parent is a dice. Toss them into the cup and shake, shake, shake and see what turns up.
     
  4. chickens 4 2

    chickens 4 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Sonoran.
     
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chick from a black and white mixing...The chick hatched white and is feathering in white. Hen was white rooster was black.

    I hatched a chick from a black and partidge mixing..The chick hatched partidge and is feathering in partidge. Hen was Black roo was Partidge.
     
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    breed anything to white then you might end up with anything... depends what's hidden under the white.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Teresaann24, you now know that the black roo carries a hidden copy of recessive white. If bred to a white about half their offspring should be white.

    To see different colours of silkies, check out feathersite or http://www.geocities.com/iladd29/webdoc3.html
     
  8. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats neat. I hatched some eggs when my silkies were all mixed together. My aunt hatched some of my eggs and one was from a gray roo and black hen and the chicks are feathering in as white and gray I thought that to be odd. I love the mixed color silkies but have colored matched my breeding pens now.
     
  9. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a blue SG Roo bowtied, White SG roo bowtied, White SG roo NN with 2 black Silkies, my babies this month were:

    3 blue showgirl chicks
    2 black/blue Silkies Look really black but have whiteish grey markings
    1 partridge showgirl
     

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