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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:17 pm 
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Here are some pics of my first Lav Silkies. (+ 1 odd Croad Langshan)

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 5:41 am 
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Nice. Lucky you. You must be eggstremely eggcited.

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:05 am 
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That is an exciting project to be working on Sue , love the colour of the chick down, it will be interesting to see how they feather up. All the best with it :)


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 12:15 am 
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Sue55 did you notice the shot of the (?)Araucana/Silkie on the fb group. Looked at it and thought of your project. How many generations would it take to come back to a good Silkie but keep the colour going (assuming a lavender bird). Or would that be time wasted from day one?

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:39 am 
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Being inherited as a recessive, lavender takes longer to move into a breed. So the first cross to a black silkie produces progeny that are all black. Then you intermate those progeny to recover some lavender chicks. The idea then is to use the best of them back with good black silkies and repeat the process till you're happy with the progeny.


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:11 pm 
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I will keep going with the black splits (asap) this season for some more lavs. Hoping to source some eggs from a couple of good black lines (any leads?) and keep a parallel black family going. The following season I will mate best lavs to black. (so back to black splits again but with hopefully better type) Once the type is OK I can mate lav to lav and by then they should not be too closely related to continue.
Looks like I will need to rationalise the current Licorice Allsorts in the Silkie pen.
Possum Corner -I haven't seen the bird you referred to - I don't have the patience for fb. (Probably should get over that attitude)


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Shame sue not long ago i culled 4 black silkie cockerals that were a decent size and type, as didn't need them, would have given them to you. Will keep my ears open for any black silkies or eggs going. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:33 pm 
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Counted toes today. The 2 blacks have 5 toes on each foot. 1 lav is 4 toed and the other lav has 4 toes on one foot and 5 on the other.


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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:42 am 
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Got up this morning to find one dead. All seemingly good yesterday when I moved them to a larger brooder and had a good look over them, running around and eating, drinking with the others. Sadly it is just one of those unexplained (SIDS) things which happen. :-(
At least I know that I can make lav and I have the f1 females separated from the main flock, waiting for them to recommence laying.











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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:12 pm 
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Thats a shame sue, its always the one you need that carks it , never one you are going to cull anyway :roll: .


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