A Blue Egg Laying Silkie?

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.

Tex is a ladies man. Here he is with one of the Easter Egger pullets we bred on the farm.

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.


10 responses to “A Blue Egg Laying Silkie?

  1. This sounds like such a fun idea! Wishing you luck on the project.

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  3. The Silkies produce a nearly white egg with a cream cast, but the cream color is a coating on the outside of the white egg shell (and not usually a single simple dominant trait like blue shelled eggs). Americaunas lay blue-shelled eggs with no colored coating. When crossing a blue-egg chicken with a brown/cream-egg chicken, you get greenish eggs due to the dominant blue shell coated with a brown/cream layer. If you want blue eggs, you’ll need to do enough backcrossing to the Americaunas to get rid of the pigment coating contributed by the Silkie. It will be really easy to get barbule-free feathered green egg layers, but more challenging to get blue eggs.

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  6. I’m on that Mission… And i got silkie mix Easter-eggers silkies and Old English Game Bantam silkie mix. Excited😁 and wanting to see the next generation of baby chicks. Wish I could share pics.

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