What color is this silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TurtleFeathers, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

    Jan 9, 2009
    By the Chesapeake Bay
    Hi all -

    I've got another silkie whose color I can't identify.

    This girl hatched from a batch of eggs that were supposed to be WHITE silkies, but she *appears* to be a creamy khaki color. Her skin is white, her eyes are gold, and her comb and what little wattles she has are red. She produces barred male offspring (with non-barred mates), so that fits in with with the skin/comb/wattles color, but how come I can't SEE the barring, and why the tan tint to her feathers?


    TIA for any light you can shed on this for me!!!

  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    There was someone not to long ago who posted about a breeder happy about his white skind silkies.Could be a pigment thing like Albino or something like that.Do the offspring have black skin?
  3. SunAngel

    SunAngel Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    So, would she be like a double factor barred (if that is possible in girls), since she is so light?

    She is pretty tho, can't wait til you share babies from her [​IMG]
  4. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

    Jan 9, 2009
    By the Chesapeake Bay
    I'm fairly certain the light skin/wattles/comb are from the barring gene, and I'm told the offspring had it too. But no, only males can have two barred genes, females can only have one. Something else is going on here - I just don't know what it is!
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Other than barring, what colour do the sons have (typical cuckoo, or is it lighter like hers or ...)?

    Also, what colour is/are the father?

    Thought are lavender barred or khaki barred. I suspect that she lacks melanizers in general, and Fm in particular.

    Do you have photos of father or sons?
  6. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

    Jan 9, 2009
    By the Chesapeake Bay
    Quote:I honestly don't know - she just came to me recently. The person I got her from isn't real familiar with colors and patterns, but she said she hatched this hen from eggs that were supposed to be from a white pen (I think she said she got the eggs on eBay). I can find out if she has any pics of the offspring tho - I'll get back to ya ASAP!

  7. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    I think it is either lav barred or possibly splash cuckoo. I know that when I cross the cuckoo to blue the chicks are lighter than cuckoo to black. I don't use splash because that would get kinda messy. she is really pretty. since she came from a white pen it could have been a very wash out splash in the pen.

  8. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Would it be ok to breed a cuckoo to a dark blue? or is it best to use black?
  9. chickendales

    chickendales Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Quote:wouldnt barred to splash make all blue or blue barred
  10. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Suze, could dom white be part of this. There are so many solid colored birds out there that resulted from paint breedings could this not be one from hidden paints?

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