Hard Feathered Silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by happyheart, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. happyheart

    happyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry i saw this on another post as i try to read past posts before reposting questions.
    What exactly is a hard feathered Silkie? [​IMG]

    Then if they are hard feathered are they still showable? [​IMG]
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    A hard feathered silkie would not be showable, I dont think. It just means it has regular feathers rather than feather duster fluff feathers. In fact, would it even be a Silkie? Hmm I'm sure someone will pop in with the answer. I dont have Silkies.
     
  3. happyheart

    happyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i saw where someone was taking a hard feathered bird to a show?
    Would it just be random feathers or all the feathering?
    Sorry this one really has me baffled.
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Oh Maybe they were referring to a few hard feathers in the wings and the tail. That does happen. I thiink it is desirable to have as few hard feathers as possible in a silkie.People do comb the hard feathers in the wings and tail to 'split' the barbs up. I am really new to silkies though so that is what I think.
     
  5. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

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    Hard feathered means the feathers are close to the body, not fluffy. Game breeds are hard feathered, cochins and orpingtons are soft feathered, so a Silkie with hard feathers would still have silkie feathers, but they wouldn't be fluffy, they would be slender.
     
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are pics of hard feathered silkies

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    Compared with soft feathered birds

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    ETA: Yes, they are showable.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    This is interesting.

    ETA: you just answered my question. Thanks! [​IMG] I think that i might have a silkie rooster with hard feathers.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes and yes [​IMG]
     
  9. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's quite an interesting variation and I've only seen a few. I really like them, although they are not ideal.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Thanks for the photos! They really explains what you mean. As to whether you can breed and show, yes, but the softer feathers are more desired.

    So, what genes make the difference between hard & soft feathering?
     

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