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Are my Silkies show quality?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chippy99th, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. chippy99th

    chippy99th Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I was wondering what quality my silkies are in terms of showing. I didn't get them with showing in mind, but they are such beautiful birds I think it would be fun to show them off!

    I got them at a feed store and I'm pretty sure they are hatchery birds. They are currently 3 months old. They have 5 toes on each foot, all blue-black skin & combs with turquoise earlobes. Their feathers are all fluffy with some ragged wing feathers and a few ragged tail feathers. Legs are very feathery as you can see. The white one has a pea comb and the buff one has a single comb, which I understand is a flaw. They have full beards, crests & muffs.

    I'm pretty sure the white one, Sugar, is a cockerel and the buff, Spice, is a pullet. Spice is a bit jittery whereas Sugar is quite calm, so if I end up showing one (probably won't, but you never know) it will probably be him. I am also thinking about volunteering with him as a "therapy chicken," since he's so cuddly and friendly!

    Here is Sugar:
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    And Spice:
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    Close-up headshots:
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    And bums! (Spice is not that much smaller than Sugar, she just looks a lot shorter because she's crouching.)
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    They're still growing into new feathers all the time, so Sugar's muff is a little small this week and Spice is looking kinda patchy.They're still handling teenagerdom more gracefully than I did though.[​IMG] So what do you think?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  3. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't view the pics either.

    Hatchery Silkies are rarely good enough to show, but they make wonderful pets (and therapy chickens[​IMG]). Also Silkies are supposed to have Walnut combs. Single and pea combs are considered faults.
     
  4. chippy99th

    chippy99th Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops, sorry about the pics! I'll try it differently.

    I think it is a walnut comb, not a pea comb. Sorry about that. :)

    Sugar:

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    Spice:

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    Faces:

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    Bums:

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    Thanks for letting me know that wasn't working! Hopefully that works.
     
  5. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    The pics worked!

    The white one (Sugar) looks like he has some potential. But they are in the lanky teenage phase so I would wait until they are fully feathered and evaluate them then. [​IMG]
     
  6. chippy99th

    chippy99th Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dang it, I was afraid you were going to say that! To wait, I mean. Thanks for responding, and I'm glad the pictures worked. Apparently I still have some things to learn about this website. [​IMG]
     

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