What color of Silkie please help
I can see your poll. I have a horrible time deciding which silkie color is my favorite. I like porcelain and lavender but true red is gorgeous too. And honestly, it may be ordinary but there is nothing prettier than a really fluffy pure white silkie. I have 18 Bobbie Porto eggs in my incubator now and another 6 eggs from another breeder under my girls. Plus a couple of babies that are 3 weeks old from a not so great hatch (my one broody who can't be trusted not to get bored and wander off). The eggs from Georgia are mostly grays, blues and white (i've been wanting a nice gray for while now). Bobbi's eggs are a mix of several colors but a lot of red and porcelain with a possibility of some black, white and partridge. I love good looking fluffy birds but I doubt I will ever show. Showed dogs for too many years and got tired of it. I learned some genetics when I did the dogs and have learned a lot more in the past couple of years about chickens. I want typey fluffy birds, perfect toes and combs and honestly I don't care that much about colors.
Breedng is labor of love. So pick what YOU love. Silkies are wonderful in any color. Many breeders breed black, blue and splash together. I think they sometimes find splash to splash can get a little washed out after a few generations. There are several charts on here with the blue/black/splash pairings. Blue to blue can give you splash. It also might be easier to find nice splashes than nice porcelains. I used to think I did not like black so much until I hatched some. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful a black can be in person Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that porcelain is still not one of the approved show colors. You can show in AOV (any other variety) but I don't think you can advance to best of breed. You can look up the standard of perfection (abbreviated SOP) for silkies and see what the approved colors are.
I think it is great you are taking your time before you jump in. I'm sure it will result in better stock and an overall better breeding program.