What is the difference between a blue and a self-blue silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RoosterAddict99, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. RoosterAddict99

    RoosterAddict99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgive my ignorance but, I'm just starting out with silkies and I'm curious. Thanks!!!
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    There are two kinds of blue, self-blue (aka lavender) and Andalusian blue.

    Self-blue is related to the Lavender (lav) gene, you need 2 copies of the gene to get coloration.

    Andalusian blue acts on black to fade it to blue (grey). One copy causes the blue color, two leads to a color called splash - basically white with grey splotches.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    In Silkies, I would say not much other than the genetic make up.

    In other fowl,

    Blue (note the lacing)

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    Self Blue ( lighter solid/ even color and no lacing )

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    Chris
     
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  4. RoosterAddict99

    RoosterAddict99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for explaining! I really appreciate it!!! So... if I breed a self-blue with another self blue, will I get some black chicks or do they breed true? I'm a little confused with that[​IMG] Thanks for your help!!!
     

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