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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicksgalore, Jul 30, 2008.
Are Silkies only available as bantams?
In the US I believe they are, but other countries have standards. 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.
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.
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.
Quote:Wow...never knew that, Thanks for the info PC...
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??
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.
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.