In general, I like breeding pure-bred poultry. But sometimes I get a wild idea that I feel compelled to pursue. I love the blue eggs of the Easter Eggers and the broodiness and temperament of the silkies…it got me thinking…what if I could bred a silkie that laid blue eggs! The blue egg laying gene is dominant, and the silkie feather gene is recessive. The first cross between silkie and Easter Egger should create a chicken that lays blue eggs (or carries blue if it is a rooster) and has one recessive gene for silkie feathers and one gene for normal feathers. When mated back to a pure silkie some of the offspring should have two recessive silkie feather genes and the blue egg layer gene while others will have normal feathers and carry a recessive for silkie feathers.
It is a fun experiment because the silkies are such good mommas that no matter what their feathers look like they will have a place on our farm as natural broodies. Hopefully the Easter Eggers will add some size, and make them capable of incubating more eggs at a time.
Here is our rooster, Tex. Isn’t he a beauty? His hackle feathers are just like Renley’s, his daddy, an Easter Egger. His blue belly is very pretty too. His mother was a black silkie.
Here is Eva. Here mother is a Buff silkie and her father is Renley. Eva will be mated to a purebred silkie rooster. Eva was the very first pullet to start laying eggs. I love her markings and color.
Here are a few more Easter Eggers from this year’s breeding. I think they are very pretty and I’m excited for their beautiful blue eggs.