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skin color gene

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AHappychick, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok I mentioned it in another thread but how would one go about getting the black skin of a silkie on a larger mixed bird? Would I just breed silkie roo with a larger chicken and then breed those that come out with black skin and so on? I am sure it is much more complicated, how is the skin color gene carried how often does it get passed down?
     
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  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats the aim of the project? Are you trying to breed giant silkies?[​IMG]
     
  3. Hi!
    Yes, the first cross to a Silkie will work (unless you have another dark-skinned breed to work with) --- a percentage of those chicks will be dark-skinned.
    Then just keep on crossing those dark-skinned off-spring back to *whatever breed* til you get the size and other traits you want to see.
    Good luck and have fun!
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    Lisa

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  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    yes I would love giant silkies lol Really I would like to work on a breed for processing that has the black skin like the silkies but on a bigger frame. does that make me horrible [​IMG]
     
  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't you have asians breed like kedu or cemani in the states?
     
  6. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first cross will give dark skinned pullets & light skinned cockerels. Don't cull all the cockerels as they are carrying the dark skin gene.
    Mate brother & sister, and/or cockerel back to Silkie.
    There is a dark skinned/fleshed broiler breed called the Ac
    David
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:You know I dont know I never looked...
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    really its called AC who has them, I guess I should have researched this better first....
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I am just wondering why anyone would breed a chicken to produce blueish gray meat ? ? ? ?
     
  10. chickenbuddy0

    chickenbuddy0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is this (AC) breed you are talking about??? Anyone have pictures? Now, you have me interested. I really like the dark skinned birds myself---- but--- not for eating!!! Tell us or show us these (AC) birds. I can't wait !!![​IMG]
     

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