Your Splash is adorable. As for show there are SOPs to meet plus the judges' subjective opinions. People who show Silkies, or any breed, really pamper their birds a lot for show in advance for days/weeks -- sometimes keeping them in separate clean pens where the feet feathers don't get damaged or soiled, where the crests/beards are not worn off from outdoor foraging so the head feathers can be kept in pristine condition, special diet, special grooming products, etc. After those efforts a bird will hopefully be ready for show. My outdoor foraging bearded Silkies wear down their beautiful plumage to the point it's hard to tell if they would've shown well.had they not been free-range babies. We were certain our little Black Silkie had beautiful plumage as a round-feathered pullet with a fluffy appearance you love to see in Silkies but after 4 years of being an outdoor bird she shows wear with broken off feet feathers, matted face, cobwebs and debris in her "hair" -- certainly not the pristine little pullet we first brought home. Here are our happy go-lucky outdoor Silkies.
BLACK SILKIE PULLET - ONE ADORABLE LITTLE FLUFFBALL.
AT 41/2 YRS OLD SHE IS A SILLY BUSY OUTDOOR CHICKEN W/ HARDLY ANY OF THE PRISTINE FEATHERS SHE HAD AS A PULLET.
A PRETTY LITTLE 6-MO-OLD PARTRIDGE PULLET FROM ABOVE.
THE PARTRIDGE IS 5-YRS-OLD NOW AND NOT THE SAME PRETTY LITTLE FLUFFBALL SHE WAS AS A PULLET BUT SHE IS OUR DAINTY LITTLE LADY NEVERTHELESS: