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I wonder if the OP isn't confusing Silkies bred to standard and the actual large fowl.


I would like to know also, I think I'm getting I silkie but I'll be almost mad if it turns out to be just a regular sized hen!:somad  So, is there really a difference between a silkie and a silkie bantam?
 

Depends on what country you are in.  In the US, there are only bantams. Except for a very few project birds where folks are working on largefowl silkies. And while I occasionally hear about someone who knows someone who has a friend who is working on largefowl silkes, I have never met an actual person who made that claim about themselves.  Silkies often look much larger than they really are...long, very pouffy feathers can easily double the size that a bird APPEARS to be.  And then you pick it up and realize it is all fluff.

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post #12 of 15
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Depends on what country you are in.  In the US, there are only bantams. Except for a very few project birds where folks are working on largefowl silkies. And while I occasionally hear about someone who knows someone who has a friend who is working on largefowl silkes, I have never met an actual person who made that claim about themselves.  Silkies often look much larger than they really are...long, very pouffy feathers can easily double the size that a bird APPEARS to be.  And then you pick it up and realize it is all fluff.


Good!:) I have high hopes for choosing now!

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I recently purchased two silkies from tractor supply and they where in the bantam pen
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. A week old silkie batam I just got at cackle hatchery and they always have them as batams
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I purchased 4 silkies from Tractor Supply last year, also labeled as bantams.  They are now full-grown and equal in size to my brown leghorns.  My hens weigh 4-5 pounds each.  A silkie breeder group told me that they are not really silkies if they are that large and that "hatchery silkies" are crossbred with "whatever is available."  So, I have a fluffy, silkie-feathered chicken, but it's apparently not really a silkie.  So confusing!

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