Are Silkies Bantams?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicksgalore, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are Silkies only available as bantams?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    In the US I believe they are, but other countries have standards. [​IMG] that sounds funny.

    However, some silkies in the US are larger than others. I believe a show silkie is no more than 2 pounds, but pet silkies can be larger by a pound or two.
     
  3. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are starting to get standard sized silkies in the US though they are hard to find and far from show quality, so are probably not even as big as a standard silkie is supposed to be.
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Silkies are sometimes called Bantam Silkies but I believe that is wrong. They
    are more a breed of their own.

    I'm not even sure a silkie should be considered a chicken but a ground fowl.
    In some areas they are known as Asian Ground Parrots. There are even
    cave paintings in China depicting silkies as winged warriors.
     
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  5. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow...never knew that, Thanks for the info PC... [​IMG]
     
  6. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    Hopefully this link works, but there have been eggs for Giant, Standard whatever you want to call them silkies here, last I saw this person was selling her flock, she might still have them available??
    http://ovabid.com/detail.asp?id=3592
     
  7. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Europe has both standard and bantam silkies(I met both in person and wow are the standards huge and the bantams tiny).

    I call north american silkies mediums..... they are neither.
     
  8. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the USA they are available as a bantam but there are real bantam silkies in Europe and standard silkies too. What we have in America are a large bantam or a small large fowl.
     

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