Well I am going to try it....... I want to know if I use a roo sumatra and hen silkie in one cage........... and........ a sumatra hen and silkie roo in another if we can figure just what the average tail feathers if they have some will be? Any Ideas. Why try this because it has yet to be done...I want to see what willl come of the breeding and the F2 stock. I want to see which genes are stronger and what the bird would look like. I have some nice black silkies and some blue ones . How many eggs would be a good ratio from each cage? The black skin will happen and the birds have the same combs. Black on black with feathering over silk feathers feather feet is over clean feet, and beards and crests are over non bearded crest. Willl I get a all black skin bird? PattiAnn
Post by Kickingbird on Jan 10, 2005 17:38:40 GMT -5
I think it is a great project and breeding both ways is the ideal plan. Personaly I would breed two hens on each side if I could and try to raise at least 20 chicks from each group (some could be culled early).
Keep us up-dated.
My bet is that the tails on the first generation will be short. The sickle feathers may get some length but the main tail feathers will be not much longer than a silkie tail..........
Thanks for the support. I want to see what the birds have to show me in the long tail gene how long it takes to get back and how strong it is. but the legs match and the color of skin one thing that is so hard to get back once you cx it out. My sumatra have such slow growing tails that they look like cochins right now. The silkies seem quick to fluff out . The biggest pain is the time a male needs to grow his tail and sumatra are poor at having the great tail many other long tail breeds have ....not to say once they grow they are not beautiful but it takes twice the time. We will see what I get I may get soup . PattiAnn
Have a question; longtail GT, mt is dominate and allows continual tail growth, while h the silkie trait is recessive, if the sumatras have the gene we would assume they do that gene would surface the first f1? I am taking two genes that are 180 from eachother. I would think I would have saddle and tail and the rest fluff. Would I be right in the theory. Unless the sumatras have a modifier that other longtails do not? I am breeding non bearded silkies don't want that in the mix! PattiAnn