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I purchased from a well liked breeder, but I keep getting told they are not silkies!!

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13 weeks old.  I have been told numerous times that my birds are not "true silkies".  I paid good money for them, from a PT tested flock, and very well taken care of flock.  They look like silkies to me... But people keep telling me that silkies don't have combs.. (I'm pretty sure all poultry have combs)...  I do notice that my silkies have more "face" showing than most I've seen posted online... But what do y'all think?

And is there any way at all that these things can be sexed yet?  I am thinking I was stuck with all three being cockerels... But not sure..

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(Did you mean to post more than one photo? Only one is showing)

That bird is a Silkie cockerel, but it's not a correct Silkie. It's definitely hatchery quality, so whatever stock the breeder is working with isn't particularly good quality. Fine if you just want a pet, not so fine if you wanted to show or were very invested in having the "real deal".

You are correct, all poultry (save a few with the rare comb less mutation) have combs; however, those of a true, breeder or show quality Silkie would be largely covered by feathers, and in females basically invisible.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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It's a buff silkie cockerel, just a poor quality one.

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These are a bit higher quality. Still not breeder or show quality, but quite decent. Can't really tell gender all that well at this age, one of the unfortunate side effects of them being fluffy little beasts.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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If you are wondering why, exactly, this guy is not show quality let me explain. His comb is too big, he's got wattles, he has no beard or muffs, and the comb and wattles are too red. All of those are disqualifications for 'show'. 

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agree with replies by Queen Misha & Junebuggena

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Thanks for y'alls replies. That's okay if they aren't show quality. I show cochin bantams, and focused on perfecting them. Lol I probably have three male silkies any how. Also, I was just wondering (I read somewhere) that some silkie varieties do not have Muffy and beards, and they can show, but they won't place at all because the preferred variety is heavy beards and muffs? I just wanted to ask and double check. (Again, no worries I won't show them! Lol)
Just glad to know they are indeed silkies.
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