Hatchery vs Breeder Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hokankai, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Songster

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    So I'm still deciding whether or not I want to get a pair of silkies to raise this spring. I was wondering if there was a big difference in looks in silkies from hatcheries (a small hatchery) or from a breeder. I don't want to show or anything, but I don't want scraggly looking birds either.

    What are the major differences?
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Feathering and beards from what I have seen. Toes sometimes also.
     
  3. Winggedheart

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    And sometimes skin color. Sometimes.
     
  4. IHeartPeeps

    IHeartPeeps In the Brooder

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    I've got a great silkie from a hatchery... five toes.. black skin and the sweetest disposition. [​IMG] She's been dust bathing in the red dirt, otherwise she's bright white.. very special addition to my flock.
     
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  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Most, but not all, Silkies from hatcheries are not as cute, fluffy, full bodied, or true to type as good quality/"show quality" Silkies.

    It doesn't matter if one wants to show or not, I always recommend "show quality" bred ones. Way cuter.

    Hatchery type Silkies are often missing the 5th toe, have too light of skin, have too big and ugly of a comb and/or wattles, have weird temperaments, have stringy, straggly, or normal, non-fuzzy looking feathers, and quite often just plain look like a dirty or wet rat.

    Now, the one hatchery Silkie cockerel I met, he was far more laid back than the 10 Cochin cockerels with him, but still, he was ugly. I like Silkies to be fluffy, full-bodied in appearance, and good looking.
     
  6. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Songster

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    These are not hatchery stock.
    They do not cost more to feed than the ones that come from a hatchery.
    You choose what you want to spend your money on.

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  7. hokankai

    hokankai Songster

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    Those birds are absolutely gorgeous! I got in contact with Karen from Catdance and will e-mail her a couple weeks before I want a chick from her. Yay!
     
  8. Quote:Good Choice! [​IMG] I have a nice little buff pullet I hatched from her eggs last year.
     

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