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Can anyone help me?? I know nothing about silkys!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bufforp89, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I have the chance to pick up a few silkies when I go drop rabbits off to a guy who is taking them off my hands. I really love silkies but know nothing about them. He says that they are full grown but young and that he has no clue how to tell them appart. I was thinking that I want a m/f pair or a trio. Are there any tips anyone can give me on how to sex a silky? I know its gonna be hard due to my lack of experience but there must be a few things that I can go by right? They are $10 each, am I getting a deal or is that about average?

    The colors he has are black, blue and splash. What colors should I get?

    If anyone can help me I will be eternally grateful!!!

  2. Get ahold of sunshinesilkies
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    If they are decent pet quality, $10 each is a steal.

    Look for birds whose appearance is balanced between body, tail and head (including crest). 5 toes on each foot; black/slate skin black to mulberry coloured comb that is walnut shaped. Heavily feathered toes. Wings held high, not droopy. Black eyes. http://browneggblueegg.com/Article/SilkieGender.html has a fairly good article on telling the differences between gender. Alan also has lots of good articles on all subjects, and lots of stunning photos of silkies.

    As to which colours you should purchase? The one that sings to your heart.

    Any of those three colours can be bred together. Don't select birds with gold or silver leaking through their black, blue or splash, though.
  4. Oh yes and Sonoran Silkies
  5. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Quote:Shes got great advice.
  6. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    It would be best to look at some of the members birds if they have websites and then you can kind of tell what your looking for. If they are already grown, you should be able to tell the sex.

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