Splash Silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wjallen05, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok.... I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I couldn't seem to find a thread on it.

    How do you get Splash Silkies? By breeding two blues? [​IMG]
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
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    Yes [​IMG]
     
  3. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so, any blue plus any blue = splash? or do they have to carry a certain gene or what?
     
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue chickens (not self-blue, but andalusian blue) have a Black gene and a blue gene. If you cross two blues and get 4 babies, statistically you'll get one with Black/Black genes (black baby), one with Blue/Blue genes (splash baby) and 2 with Black/Blue genes (blue babies).

    So 25% black, 25% splash, and 50% blue.
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    black x blue = 50% black, 50% blue

    blue x blue = 25% black, 50% blue, 25% splash

    black x splash = 100% blue

    blue x splash = 50% blue, 50% splash

    splash x splash = 100% splash
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Close but not quite. All black, blue and splash chickens are black chickens. The only difference is:

    Black chicken has no blue genes.
    Blue is a black chicken with one blue gene.
    Splash is a black chicken with two blue genes.

    Blue works by altering the black pigment, not replacing it(that's how I read your comment.. sorry if that was not the intent). It has very little or no effect on red pigments, that is why a Blue Wheaten has blue tail and breast yet the red hackles and saddle are unaffected. Splash Wheatens can be either red and white or red and white with some speckling in the white areas.
     
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  7. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2 white hens a blue/gray hen and a blue/gray roo...what combinations will I get... I get so confused with the genetics...
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    It's hard to say what you'll get from your description. grey/blue could mean several things. Genetically, what are they? What is the correct name for their variety? Or post photos.
     
  9. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    black x splash = 100% blue....OK, but what will you get with:
    White rooster x splash hen?
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    black x splash = 100% blue....OK, but what will you get with:
    White rooster x splash hen?

    Completely unpredictable. The white is actually an OFF switch that turns off the display of all colours & patterns the bird genetically possesses. Without knowing what colour and pattern genes the white carries you can't make any accurate predictions.​
     

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