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G'day I have just recently obtained a male silky fantail, guy I bought him off wanted to get out of pigeons and would only sell him to me if I took the lot so now have 8 fantails, was just after some information is the silky gene dominant will have to post a pic as he's kind of pied and think I need to return his offspring to a self colour so black, white, or blue bar? oh will post pic tomoro morning just stoked I managed to obtain a silky so am telling everyone lol :D
 

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What a beautiful bird!!
 

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Oh he's gorgeous! Very elegant looking :)
Silky is dominant, and mating silkies to silkies makes porcupines. They'll have nothing but quills and any feathering they may have open up, will be very brittle and snap off. These birds can't get up off the ground. It's a pitiful thing to see :(
To get black offspring, mate this guy to a black hen. He himself is a black splash, and I see some bronze in his wings. Although you could mate him to a blue and still end up with some blacks, putting two blacks together will make them all that color. As far as the white, you may have to breed that out of them, depending on what all white genes he and his mate are carrying.

To get white, mate him to a solid white bird. There is a good chance many of the children will be solid white, or it may take two generations from the pair before you have solids. It depends on if he is carrying the recessive white gene.

And for blue bar, mate him to a blue hen. Black is actually blue. It is the spread gene that turns it black. Regardless of the solid color on his wings, he still has a pattern underneath, which is either bar, check, or (although unlikely) barless. If it's JUST blue bars you want (and no checks), then you'll have a better bet with that if you put him with a BB. Even then you could still get checks if dad is a check, because it is more dominant to bar.
 

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oh it's just that the selfs are far less maintenance lol did have a silver saddle in the mix wouldn't mind trying for self silvers and am planning on mating him to a blue bar hen pics of him in my profile albums but the old silky is still my favourite :)
 

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are any of the other out of him because it can be hidden by a normal feathered bird that carriesi the silkie gene one thing to watch for is splayed wings on silkies raised them for years just kept them in single pens off the ground
 

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are any of the other out of him because it can be hidden by a normal feathered bird that carriesi the silkie gene one thing to watch for is splayed wings on silkies raised them for years just kept them in single pens off the ground
I don't think any of the others are out of him basicly the group I bought were 2 hens and 4 cocks plus 2 squeakers have noticed a couple with kind of silky feathers in fan of 1 squeaker and it isn't really a saddle so could be possible he's the father have penned him off with the best hen to try and get a couple of squeaks from him will have to use my rollers and others as foster's the big moult happens in february/march should I cut off they're fans?
 

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In my first post I accidentally said recessive. It's not recessive :rolleyes: I meant dominant. Heterozygous birds appear like your fantail, and homozygous birds can be nearly bald. Mating this guy to a normal hen will give you about half and half. If he were mated to another silky, you could get some silkies, normals, and mostly extreme silkies.
 

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Do you know Howard Piper? he's in your town....one of the best fantail breeders/exhibitors in the world!

go to aroundtheworldfantailpigeons which is a yahoo! group with over 400 members worldwide.
 

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um, she is in Australia, would be a bit far....lol..
Oh I'm Male ;) you should check out my profile have pics of my silver :) oh and am jealous of the fact that in U.S. you can use the postal service to frieght your birds here we've only got the air frieght option and the return plane ticket for me is cheaper than to frieght the birds :(
 

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Beautiful Silkie Fantail - I have a couple silkie ringnecks one is paired with a red pied with normal feathers, the other to a rear crested of normal feathers and color. In both nest 1 squab was silkie the other a normal feathered.My silkies are more bottom dwellers then my other doves and hang out with my fantails. I like the silkie fantail ill have to keep my eye out to see if any california breeders.
 
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