what will be the color?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rahulsood, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. rahulsood

    rahulsood Out Of The Brooder

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    if i keep white silkie male and black silkie female or vice-versa, what will be the color of chicks? can i expect pure white and pure black chicks from that pair?
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When crossing black and white silkies, gorgeous color combinations are possible. You may get a bicolored bird with both black and white markings, a white bird, a black bird, or a grey bird. By selecting the best colors and breeding them together, you can develop a hardy strain of that color.
     
  3. rahulsood

    rahulsood Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thanks
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Crossing a white to anything other than white is completely unpredictable. White turns OFF the expression of all colour and pattern genes that are genetically present in the bird.

    You will not get whites unless the black carries a copy of recessive white. You are unlikely to get blacks without leakage, although it is certainly possible. Black and white markings would require that the white carries barring (unlikely) or that both birds carry mottling (very unlikely).

    If the white came from a paint breeding, then a paint is possible, was well as a white bird. The outcome of chicks will tell you some of the genes present in the white, and allow you to make future predictions about possibilities when crossed to a non-white.
     
  5. rahulsood

    rahulsood Out Of The Brooder

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    can chicks get splashed pattern grizzle types?
     

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