Yet another Silkie Color question?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jimnjay, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I have 8 beautiful Buff Silkies. I just had a chick hatch that I thought looked white. I waited for it to feather out some because I have a couple of very light girls. It still looks VERY white to me.

    If one of the birds had a white Silkie in the background would the rooster also have to have it in order to throw this chick. I do not have white here and never have had. If I get a new rooster, will I still have white chicks pop up?

    Walkswithdogs, here I go again! Those dang Stealth genes.
  2. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    I am a genetics novice but I think the only way to know who throws the white is to do isolation breedings. Take time to weed out your problem child....
  3. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Songster

    If the chick is white from non white parents, then both parents will be carrying a recessive white gene.

    If you get a new male that is not carrying a recessive white gene, then his offspring will not be white.

    ....but whichever female is carrying the recessive white gene will pass that recessive white gene on, statistically, to about half of her offspring.[​IMG]
  4. THough1956

    THough1956 Songster

    Everytime you get a white one, just put him in a box and send him to me. Problem solved.

  5. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    LOL, Through1956, No problem, Here one comes, I love the white too but I like buff better and don't have the room. You may not like getting a buff Silkie from you white birds every so often.

    Kyrs109 That is what I was hoping for. I can only assume that 3 of the hen and the roo since they are from the same breeder will be potentially the carrier of the "stealth gene" I will have to muddle along with the girls and replace the boy. for now. I will most likely seperate the two groups of hens and try to get a line without the white gene floating around. I hope no one tried to get the darks out of the buff by breeding a white. Sheesh!
  7. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    That's OK, Through1956, if ya get any Buffs from those Whites, you can send them to me! [​IMG] Problem also solved.
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Anything except white from white parents would be extremely newsworthy. [​IMG]
  9. THough1956

    THough1956 Songster

    Silkie swap!!

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