A little confused, do LF silkies exist?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cupman, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this is in the right section.

    I would like to get 1 or 2 of those pure white silkies. They are cute and I think my nieces would adore them. However, I look over the breeds from a few hatchery websites and all the silkies seem to be bantams. I googled LF silkies and it seems they do exist but I was wondering if there was something wrong with them or if bantam was better for some reason. Do white LF silkies exist? Thank you.
     
  2. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    No, not in north america.

    Our silkies here are more of a meduim sized bird
     
  3. HEChicken

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    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    Quote:Well those would be as close to the real things. [​IMG] That's cool
     
  5. riverrockfamilyfarm

    riverrockfamilyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen them on the UK ebay auction.
     
  6. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the U.S., a LF [ large fowl, the standard for Silkie is bantam] breed doesn't exist untill the APA says it does. [​IMG] Many people have bred the silkied bantam up to LF; you can do it yourself by crossing a Silkie to something, say a LF Cochin, and breeding the resulting offspring to each other. 25% of the offspring should be silkied. Not many have continued with the work of getting the LF Silkie up to the strandards of true Silkies; with the correct colored comb, black skin, 5 toes, etc.. I don't suppose there's much demand for them.
     
  7. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great thanks for the tips everyone, I may flirt with the idea of trying to breed up some mutts that are close to what I'm looking for.
     
  8. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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