Your thoughts on the colour and pattern genotypes in this ‘partridge’ to ‘buff’ Silkie F2, please.
First of all: hi, ladies and gentlemen at the coop. I’ve been reading along with you guys for a bit in this section of the coop. I'd like to ask you what you think about these F2 chicks I got when it comes to the colour and pattern genes they are showing or could be carrying. I’ve got my own thoughts and suspicions about this lot described below, especially after reading Sigi’s books and here at the coop, and now I would really appreciate to hear what you think.
I’ve got 15 chicks from June this year and they’re the F2 from the F1 cross made last year.
The Parents were a ‘buff’ roo and 4 different hens in partridge, black and white.
The ‘’ I use because this F1 batch contained white offspring and I doubt the ones that were showing ‘buff’ actually carry the whole 50% of the standard buff genotype. So at least the P roo was C+/c, as the F1 white hen didn’t give any white chicks. I have no further background info on him.
The male part of the F1 consists of a ‘buff’ roo. Supposed to be split for the buff genotype. This F1 roo looks a copy (in phenotype at least) of the P roo. His hackle appears clean, but carries a bit of black in them close to his back. He’s hasn’t got purine on his ears. I’ve let him mate with a black and a white (half-) sister. The white one has purine on her ears, the black one doesn’t. The roo’s down is white with a hint of grey towards where the colour of the feather starts.
The 15 chicks from June contain 13 that were from this cross. Of 2 I know for certain that they came from this cross. Of the other 13 I know that 11 are from this F1 and 2 are from the P roo crossed to different, buff partridge looking, F1 hens. Unfortunately I don’t know which 2 don’t belong. But maybe this info comes in handy when looking at this batch.
The 13 (+2 which died in the first weeks), with 2 that don’t belong to the F2. Which ones, anyone?
1 black chick, 2 eb
(?) brown chicks, 1 yellow and 1 yellow with remnants of wildstripes on it’s back, 1 gold chick (shining strawgold on top with grey down underneath shining through) and the rest of them where various shades of orangey with the odd sized couple of spots or stripes on the back of their necks and very minimal eyestripes.
This cockerel had yellow chick down with two thin spot like stripes on the back of its neck. He had the remnants of wildstripes on its back. Nowadays he has grey down underneath his feathers.
This pullet came out as a light yellow chick, which I was expecting to turn white, but after a couple of days a light brown with a hint of black spot appeared on the back of her neck. She’s ended up a very light lemon? Sand? She’s got white down now.
Six of the chicks looked similar to the ones displayed below.
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