hi all, I am at a standstill in my buff silkie breeding program, the hen pictured at the top of the main page is mine, and I have several like her. I think the overall type is good, but can any one advise me as how to breed the blue out of the tails...on all my best birds,( tho the pic dosen't show it ) ,there is a bit of dark blue in the tail...very frustrating...thanks in advance...
Post by Kickingbird on Dec 4, 2004 17:50:50 GMT -5
I don't have my Standard handy so you will have to let me know, are the buffs supost to have black in their tails? If so just breed two of your silkies together and 25% of the chicks will not have blue, 50% will be blue tailed and 25% will show a blue splash tail. Then just cull everything showing blue or splash. If the tails are to be all buff then you have more work ahead of you.
Post by rarebantams on Dec 4, 2004 23:16:27 GMT -5
Thanks, I guess I do have more work ahead. As I understand it, they are NOT supposed to have any color anywhere other than buff. If I understood you correctly, if I breed two buffs together, 25% will not have it ? All my buffs have some amount of blue in the tail, which is what I'm trying to breed out.
If you have blue in the tails right now, most likely 25% of the off spring will have BLACK in the tails, 50% will have blue, and 25% will have splash.
Now don't loose heart, I have not bred too many silkies and there may be modifiers in the buffs I'm not aware of. Your best bet is to breed A LOT of these birds and you may find that you have some come solid buff. Then just cull hard, silkies are not hard to get rid of most of the time. If you can't get the color out of the tail then buy a trio of solid buffs and breed them to your stock then back to the solid buffs. In this way you will keep your original lines and still have buffs. Most likely someone bred reds or some other color into them to improve their conformation that is why you are getting color in the tail.
Breed as many as you can care for and I think you will find what you are looking for.