Ok, I'm holding back tears of frustration because I waited for years to get a black male silkie. The lady who sold the black male with silver leakage (and who does quite well showing) told me that the silver was acceptable for showing, and that it would throw very nice blue chicks.
I tried to find the correct answers to verify what she said, but was using the term penciling instead of leakage, which yielded no correct answers. I have invested so much time into this, and had figured that what I thought was penciling, would take points off, but had no idea it was a DQ.
I feel like a fool. I hate to think this person did this on purpose to throw me off, because I had a best of show silkie in the next town over last year. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt, but she did sell a 4-toed silkie to a beginning 4-Her last year, telling her that it was show quality. It was the little girl's first year and she got DQ'd.
I definitely learned something. I spent all winter trying to raise these chicks, and should have known all along, that they would have leakage once mature, and they definitely do. There is one hen that does not, but I'm assuming that she is a carrier as well, or that the leakage will come out later. How frustrating! These were supposed to be our fair chickens for this year. My kids will be so disappointed. And my best of show quality hen is NOT getting any younger.
Now, back to the drawing board. Where do I look to get a nice quality black male?
Thanks again for your help!