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Just stopping by to say 'hi' -- been so long since I've been on BYC. Spending all my time on the FB groups. lol   Hope all is well.   Sharing a pic of Oscar, son of Phillipe. He's 7 months old -- and boy, oh, boy I can't wait to see him in another 7 months. He's so beautiful already. :)  
You receive the quarterly newsletters, can participate in the forum, have access to the club's photo albums which includes a series of albums that show various faults and their more ideal counterparts, you can sell through the club's forum, have your showing points accumulated and rewarded, and you get to support junior members in their breeding and showing endeavors. :)
There will be a "Silkie Social" on the Friday night before the show. Talk to Vickie Harry about whether or not a lunch is being planned on the Saturday. If not, maybe you could plan one...set up a table, hang the Silkie banner the club has, and bring some chairs. We did this at the Virginia show in November and had a great time...crockpots full of warm chicken and dumplings, cinnamon rolls, potato salad, hot coffee. It was a great place for us all to sit together and...
There will be an ASBC table set up at the show. They should have some sign up forms, or you can always go online to the club's website and sign up using PayPal. Here's the web address: http://www.americansilkiebantamclub.org/   Hope you make it to the show and have a great time. Ask lots of questions, introduce yourself to breeders, and find out which breeders live close to you so you can have possible mentors and sources in the future. :)
If I had a bird that appeared to be suffering from Marek's symptoms I would most likely euthanize. But I would NOT euthanize the rest of my flock. Marek's is everywhere, and most backyard flocks have had exposure from wild birds, birds brought in, etc. It's ubiquitous, so to euthanize the whole flock seems pointless to me, especially since probably most will not develop symptoms. However, from this point on, if I were you, I would vaccinate every remaining bird ASAP to...
Where are you located. I might have a few cockerels to choose from (definitely bearded), but I'm not shipping so we'd need to be close. I'm in NC.
Gorgeous!! :)
On what genetic grounds are you disagreeing, Suze? Fused toes are not distinctly different from polydactyl in general, and are known as "duplicate polydactyly" -- which is dominant and can result in duplicates of toes, nails, and even entire feet. Thus, having a bird with a fused toe is no easier or harder to breed out than a bird with 9 or 11 toes.   Note: Duplicate polydactyly should not be confused with syndactyly, which can appear similar (it is a fusing of two or...
Ugh...hate those kinds of toes. If it's just the nail itself...like a big fat toe with two nails nearly fused together then that's better than having a lobster claw, which is when the two nails are separated and there are unique joints or phalanges or bones at the end of the toe.   I've tried breeding it out in the past and have found it popping up a lot in the first generation and maybe 20-30% of the time in the second. I gave up after that and don't breed with that...
In the grand scheme of things I'd be going with the bird with the nice color and good wings. Eyes should be black, but anything dark is reasonable in my opinion. The only exception would be the pigment holes that show up in the eyes of birds with paint genetics, where you might have gold splotches to the eye. Although even then the goal should be to get away from that. Still...wings and plumage color are much more significant in my opinion than just eyes.
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