Someone give me the "Genetics for Dummies" information? :)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kellysmall87, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just want someone to try to explain to me a kind of "Genetics of chickens for dummies" if it's possible? I have a red silkie rooster mating with a black silkie hen and we've got a black and grey silkie chick. How did this work?
     
  2. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black is dominant. The grey one we can't yet explain.
    Does the red rooster have black in his tail or wings?
     
  3. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah right, so any rooster that mates with her, the chick will have a high chance of being black?

    The rooster does have a barring i think its called - black stripes on his tail and wing tips.
     
  4. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a few genes dominant over "black" eg dominant white and sexlinked barring.
    The grey chick could be such a barred chicken, but there should be a white dot on its head.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The red could be carrying blue, too...

    I hear blue described as grey all the time.
     
  6. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    He has grey or blue, on his chest, feet, above both eyes and on his wings.
     

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