white and black silkies what do you get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sutillman, May 13, 2009.

  1. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    south georgia
    I have a black silkie roo and a white silkie roo. All my hens are white silkies. All the chicks are black. Is it possible the white is not fertilizing eggs, or is it a genetics thing. Totally new to this. I would like to have some white chicks. Any advice?
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Place a few white hens in a pen with the white roo for a few weeks. Maybe the black roo is the head roo and not letting the white roo breed them.
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    If all the chicks are black then yes, the black roosters is the only one mating.

    White Silkies have 1 of 2 white genes in chickens: recessive. When crossed with most colors, it will be hidden.
  4. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    south georgia
    I'll try that. My white roo (Elvis) rules the roost over his hens. Poor Buckwheat (my black roo) has to run in there and run out before Elvis sees him. Quite a show sometimes. They are so funny to watch.
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Chances are that the black is the only one fertilizing the eggs. You should seperate them by color if you plan on keeping pure varieties. If this is the case, cull all the black chicks, as you won't want them in any color breeding pen.
  6. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    I was just at a show and people there were telling me that the easiest way to get the best white chickens was to have some black mixed in the background. Hmm... I'm confused.
  7. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    don't DON't There may be some BLUES in there DO NOT CULL untill later
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Whites are the original colour for silkies, so why would breeding to blacks produce better birds? makes no sense. Sometimes the other way round, but blacks have been around long enough that many have excellent type.

    White X black will not improve white--it will just bring out their hidden genes. Breeding a lower quality bird to a higher quality bird will improve the chicks as compared with the lower quality parent.

    Well, there could be blues, but I see no reason to expect them.

    Cull means remove from breeding stock and nothing more. People use different methods--personally I only sell or give away birds that do not fit my needs.

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