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Silkie breeding, genetics & showing

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There has been an interest, and a need, of a thread for serious discussion and questions dedicated to showing Silkies and breeding quality birds and the genetics involved therein.

 All varieties and projects are welcome, and pictures are encouraged, but please lets limit this thread to serious dicussion of breeding towards the standard of perfection smile.png

Nancy     and my beautiful daughter Gracie

 

Nancy's Fancy  Feathers Farm

 

Bantam Cochins in Mottled, Mille Fleur (including Calico) Buff and Buff Barred

Bantam Polish in Buff Laced and White Crested Black

Silkies in White, Black, Blue, Splash!

South Dakota State Representative for the American Silkie Bantam Club

 

 

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Nancy     and my beautiful daughter Gracie

 

Nancy's Fancy  Feathers Farm

 

Bantam Cochins in Mottled, Mille Fleur (including Calico) Buff and Buff Barred

Bantam Polish in Buff Laced and White Crested Black

Silkies in White, Black, Blue, Splash!

South Dakota State Representative for the American Silkie Bantam Club

 

 

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Great Idea Nancy thumbsup.gif

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Previously Raised:

Java Green Peafowl l  Guineas l Turkeys l Icelandic Chickens

Call Ducks l Mallards 

Pomeranian Geese l White Chinese Geese 

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                 Say NO to Crested Ducks!         My BYC Interview     Raising Ducks      Geese 101

 

Previously Raised:

Java Green Peafowl l  Guineas l Turkeys l Icelandic Chickens

Call Ducks l Mallards 

Pomeranian Geese l White Chinese Geese 

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As a brand new breeder/owner of Silkies I am excited to see this thread! Always working to improve my flock in the hope of showing someday...

Lovin' Life to the FULLEST! I adore my little Silkies and Showgirls! 2 rescue swans, a tribe of guineas and numerous other rescued critters, including my Livestock Guardian, Tony Llama...YES! I live on a farm! Praising God daily! 

 

NPIP certified, AI clear and member of the ABA, ASBA

 

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Lovin' Life to the FULLEST! I adore my little Silkies and Showgirls! 2 rescue swans, a tribe of guineas and numerous other rescued critters, including my Livestock Guardian, Tony Llama...YES! I live on a farm! Praising God daily! 

 

NPIP certified, AI clear and member of the ABA, ASBA

 

https://www.facebook.com/faithfulfeathers1

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Thank you for this new thread. I'm just starting on my silkie flock to show and breed from. How long do you wait before deciding to cull a bird from breeding? What makes the deciding factor between what makes show quality vs breeder quality? Why is there a difference and what makes the decision?

I have 4 silkies that are now 3 months old. paint, black, splash, and partridge. I'm planning to order eggs of BBS and paint, as I'm limited on my space for breeding and would prefer to stick with one or two breeding pens. 

Here is Peepers, my partridge hen. I think she is the typiest of all my silkies

 

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Mystique Silkies

 

Silkies/Showgirls - BBS,White,Porcelain,Lavender,Buff,Paint,Cuckoo

 

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Mystique Silkies

 

Silkies/Showgirls - BBS,White,Porcelain,Lavender,Buff,Paint,Cuckoo

 

My Swap Page - http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mystdogs-swap-page

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Very good idea!thumbsup.gif

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Pretty birds.
 

I Am Blessed!!!

Fort Christmas Farm

NPIP Certified

1 Paso Fino Stallion, 1 miniature horse, Nigerian Dwarf goats, 1 Catahoula Leopard Dog, 4 cats, RIR, Leghorns, OEGB, Appenzellers, Silkies, Porceline D'Unccles, Blue & Black Copper Marans, Cochins, Easter Eggers, Royal Purple Guineas, Quail, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, India Blue Peachick

And The Same Man for over 30 years that makes it all possible!

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I Am Blessed!!!

Fort Christmas Farm

NPIP Certified

1 Paso Fino Stallion, 1 miniature horse, Nigerian Dwarf goats, 1 Catahoula Leopard Dog, 4 cats, RIR, Leghorns, OEGB, Appenzellers, Silkies, Porceline D'Unccles, Blue & Black Copper Marans, Cochins, Easter Eggers, Royal Purple Guineas, Quail, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, India Blue Peachick

And The Same Man for over 30 years that makes it all possible!

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Originally Posted by mystdogs View Post

Thank you for this new thread. I'm just starting on my silkie flock to show and breed from. How long do you wait before deciding to cull a bird from breeding? What makes the deciding factor between what makes show quality vs breeder quality? Why is there a difference and what makes the decision?

I have 4 silkies that are now 3 months old. paint, black, splash, and partridge. I'm planning to order eggs of BBS and paint, as I'm limited on my space for breeding and would prefer to stick with one or two breeding pens. 

Here is Peepers, my partridge hen. I think she is the typiest of all my silkies

 

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Okay, to me she is not balanced - yet. Her crest needs to be larger to balance out that lovely "S" shape. Lovely coloring. How are her wings?

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In dogs as well as birds, a breeding quality animal is one with all the right stuff - proper conformation, no dqs, few faults -  but just not necessarily stellar. You probably could show it, but it will take longer to finish or won't place well among the superb.

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There has been an interest, and a need, of a thread for serious discussion and questions dedicated to showing Silkies and breeding quality birds and the genetics involved therein.
 All varieties and projects are welcome, and pictures are encouraged, but please lets limit this thread to serious dicussion of breeding towards the standard of perfection smile.png
Thanks for starting this thread! I think it will be a great compliment to the other silkie threads.
Little Critters Farm - Member of the American Silkie Bantam Club.
Splash, Blue and Pure Black Silkies; and a mixed flock of egg layers.
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Little Critters Farm - Member of the American Silkie Bantam Club.
Splash, Blue and Pure Black Silkies; and a mixed flock of egg layers.
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I'd hate to see this thread die...I think critiques would be good. Feel free to critique away. This is a five month-old pullet.

 

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