Splash silkie chick, starting to show red in wing feathers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jossanne, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I've got two silkie chicks, approximately 7 weeks old. One is splash and the other is black. The black one is showing solid black, and I just noticed today red in the wing feathers on the splash baby.

    Two questions...
    * Is the red showing up in the wings a male color pattern? Like a red sex-link male develops red in his wings?

    * He/she will pass this red on to possible chicks, so should not be used in breeding. Right? This one's got perfect feet, and I've been waiting for a splash...

    The babies' combs are pretty similar, though the splash baby's might be a bit wider. They're still completely flat. But I've been feeling that splash is a boy for several weeks. I'm on the fence about the black.

    The black baby is missing a toenail on its outside toe on both feet, otherwise its feet look beautiful compared to silkie feet pictures. I think it will have a shorter back than the splash one, but I'm FAR from an expert.

    Here's splash on hatch day. I thought he had odd coloring at first, but he started showing splash right away.

    Here are the two together this evening. You can see the splash's comb pretty clearly.

    And here's splash by himself. You can see the red in the wing quite clearly here. It's the same on the other side.
  2. friedeggs

    friedeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    they look like they have the partridge gene in them. it can be bred out, it takes awhile. By the time their 6mo. the leakiness of the partridge usually rears its ugly head. Males will usually show the off colors in the shoulders and wings,but, it canshow in the girls too
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I have a splash LF cochin doing almost the same thing. He's already "out" of my breeding program because he has a pea comb, but he has a few little red splashes mixed in with the blue and black spots. At first I thought he had an injury- but it's actual spots in the wing feathers. [​IMG]

    The chicks are still adoreable Jossanne!
  4. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    Have you contacted the breeder from whom you purchased these eggs?
  5. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Little fella looks blue partridge, not splash.
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Quote:I sent her an email last night, but haven't heard back yet. She's having huge personal problems right now, so I expect I'll hear from her when I hear from her.

    I do love the babies. They're darling, and so sweet! They like to sit on my lap while I sit here.
  7. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    they look like they have the partridge gene in them.

    To which gene are you referring? There is no gene called "partridge". [​IMG]
    Partridge is a hobby name used for a couple of colour patterns. Sometimes it can be e+, but I imagine with silkies it would be eb/eb,s+/s+ (or s+/-),Pg/Pg.​
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Quote:That doesn't appear to be Pg. The red appears to be autosomal red.

    From feathersite, male partridge colouring is like:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Females are:
    A blue partridge pair:
    Chicks are:
    silver, not gold here:

    It could be blue partridge, but I would not bet on it. Mine (and I hatched a number of them this year) show more patterning younger.

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