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Anybody know what you will get when you cross a white silkie and a black Japanese bantam?!
 

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Anybody know what you will get when you cross a white silkie and a black Japanese bantam?!
Typically when crossing a white bird and black bird the offspring is considered "blue" in color. Some will be "blue", some "black" and some "splash" as detailed below;

Blue Poultry Genetics:

Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
Blue X Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Black X Black = 100% Black
Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
Splash X Black = 100% Blue

The "Splash" is technically "mixed white" the birds can appear solid white or can have some "blue" and/or "black" splashes of color (think of a Dalmation dog for example). We don't call them white any longer because they generally will not breed pure white in the F2 generation....as stated above Splash to Splash produces 100% Splash (not white)!

In the case of a Silkie to a regular feathered fowl your offspring can be a mix of Silkie like feathering, regular feathering and/or a frizzle can happen as well (flipped backward like feathering)! Breeders have used the cross of Black to White to create "Blues" in a variety of different breeds.

Ultimately your cross will be a "mutt" or a "hybrid" but it will be a fun little experiment none the less!!!;)
 
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