Wanting to discuss possible issues of blindness in lavender silkies. I don't have any personally, but know of 3-4 breeders that have had 1-4 birds that have become blind sometime prior to 2 years of age. Of course, blindness can always occur in the form of cataracts in older birds. However, it would be so helpful to everyone if we could find out if this is just coincidental or if there is a possible genetic issues. According to a Siggy, there is a relatively rare recessive gene that causes blindness in birds. Have any of you lavender owners had any problems? I also have a thread about this on the ASBC forum and would like to encourage all you silkie breeders to join ASBC and help us make it a continuing thriving and valuable site. The book written by Siggy about silkie colors will only be offered from ASBC when it becomes available.