What color are these Silkie chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nlindax6, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. nlindax6

    nlindax6 New Egg

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    Hi,

    Recently, I changed the rooster in the blue/black/splash pen. The ratio is 1 blue rooster to 2 splash, 2 black and 2 blue hens. About 1 month ago, a light grey chick hatched out from my February batch, then 2 weeks later another 5, and 1 week later 6 more.

    Here is photos of the 1st chick:
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    3rd Chick

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    What color are these silkies?

    Thanks a bunch,

    Linda
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They are what's considered "Blue."

    Cute chicks!
     
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks Blue to me.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They look Blue to me, too.
     
  6. nlindax6

    nlindax6 New Egg

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    Thanks Guys!
     
  7. Elaine Elder

    Elaine Elder Out Of The Brooder

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    Black and white parents will have Approx 50% Blue, 25% splash and 25% Black offspring, Blue and Splash parents have all blue offspring. Blue and white parents have Blue or Splash offspring.
    To get Lavender, Black and Buff (Gold gene) Buff does not mix with Black, but rather dilutes black. That is why several generations after lavender isestablished, gold streaks begin to show up on rooster's necks and saddle feathers.

    So if there is no possible way there are any gold genes in the rooster, this color is blue.
    If there are any gold genes in the rooster, the lighter chicks may be Lavender.
    Gold around neck and saddle indicate gold gene presence
     
  8. Elaine Elder

    Elaine Elder Out Of The Brooder

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    Quick note:
    Breeding lavender to Buff results in Isabel.
    Breeding Isabel to Buff results in Porcelain.
    Breeding Buff to Blue makes mottled.
     
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  9. Elaine Elder

    Elaine Elder Out Of The Brooder

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    See my website for photos of Lavender. In my opinion You have a rooster with a gold|Buff gene in his history,
     
  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    White does not have anything to do with the blue gene.

    blue x blue = 25% black, 50% blue, 25% splash
    blue x splash = 50% blue, 50% splash
    splash x black = 100% blue
    splash x splash = 100% splash
    black x black = 100% black

    White is a wild card. What you get will depend on what genes are hiding under the white.

    Lavender is a recessive gene that dilutes red and black. To get lavender birds you need to start with ones that carry the gene. It has nothing to do with whether or not a bird is gold or silver based.

    lavender x lavender = 100% lavender
    lavender x black split (carrying lavender) = 50% lavender, 50% black split for lavender
    black split x black split = 25% lavender, 50% black split for lavender, 25% black

    If a bird has red then lavender will dilute that to a pale buff color.

    The OP's chick is blue.
     

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