when you cross a white silkie with any other color do you always get white?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SilkieSanctuary, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. SilkieSanctuary

    SilkieSanctuary Out Of The Brooder

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    I have only one rooster in my flock and he is a white silkie. My hens are black, splash, and buff silkies. So if I incubate any of their eggs will they always come out white? Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    White in silkies is most often recessive white. That acts as an off switch, preventing colors and patterns from expressing themselves. So what color the chicks will be will depend on what color and/or pattern is hiding under the white of your rooster. It could be black, blue, partridge, mixed color, etc. Crossing that with black, splash or buff can result in just about anything. The only way you would get white is if one of your hens carries a recessive white gene.
     
  3. SilkieSanctuary

    SilkieSanctuary Out Of The Brooder

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    makes sense.
    thanks! [​IMG]
     

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