In general:I have just received 3 Silke crosses and when they grow up they will be bred with my silkie rooster. what will their chicks look like?
If your rooster is splash, my previous guess about colors is wrong. He will produce chicks that are blue or splash, likely with some amount of gold or other colors showing in some places.my rooster is a splash
thank you so much, i can't wait to see what happensIn general:
--if at least one parent has a crest, chicks may have a crest too
--if at least one parent has 5 toes, chicks may have 5 toes
--if at least one parent has muff/beard, chicks may have muff/beard
--if one parent has Silkie feathers, and the other parent has normal feathers, some chicks will have normal feathers. If the normal-feathered parent also carries the gene for silkie feathers (like if one of its parents had silkie feathers) then you should also get some chicks with silkie feathers.
For chick colors, looking at the photos, I am guessing your rooster and his mother each have one copy of the Dominant White gene, which turns black into white but allows some bits of color to show through. (That effect gets called "paint.")
Based on that, I would predict that about half the chicks will be mostly-white (similar to your rooster and his mother). The other half will probably resemble your chicks and their parents-- shades of gray (blue) or black, with various amounts of gold or other colors.
If your rooster is splash, my previous guess about colors is wrong. He will produce chicks that are blue or splash, likely with some amount of gold or other colors showing in some places.
(I am not good at telling from photos whether a chicken is splash or paint. The appearance can be similar, but the genetics are quite different, so they give different results when you breed from them.)