How big to silkies get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Poultrybonkers, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Can't tell how big or small yours is without something next to it for a size comparison. [​IMG]

    Silkies in this country are Bantams. According to the American Silkie Bantam Club, the birds should weigh as follows:

    Feather Legged Bantams -
    Weights: Cock 36 oz. Cockerel 32 oz.
    Hen 32 oz. Pullet 28 oz.

    Check out the SOP for the breed here:

    http://www.americansilkiebantamclub.org/standard.asp
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    They are a 'true bantam breed' meaning the males get 2 something 3 pounds and the girls not even that. That's what you got when you wanted a Silkie.
     
  4. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I thought silkies can't be considered a true bantam, as they do have standard sized silkies over seas...
     
  5. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Panda, your Roo in your link pic looks close to mature, so I'd say they aren't going to get much bigger.
     
  6. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh, so this is where I ask, CAN I breed up some giant silkies? And given just how addictive these little aliens are, SHOULD I even consider it?
     
  7. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:some are breeding for larger silkies. There are actually very few standard size silkies in the US - VERY few of them however. They aren't common overseas either.

    If I would do it, there are two ways... Select over sized adult birds to breed together for multiple generations, only breeding the largest best quality birds. You do not want to lose your standards (good foot feathering, crest, and toes) to achieve the size. You still want a good silkie as a large breed. secondly if just for fun for yourself - AI (artificially inseminate) a male silkie over giant cochin hens, and breed those offspring together and AI the best top hatted and 5 toed offspring with a great silkie roo again...the offspring will mostly be silkied. - keep breeding the better qualities and larger birds together. either way you'd be looking at a 5 year + project to get decently large and decent "silkie" looking birds.
     
  8. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! that is out of my league, was mainly curious.
     
  9. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can they be good brooders when they can fit only an egg under them! I can pick them up with on hand!
    here a vid with a leghorn hen in it their tiny!!
     
  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ive had silkies hatch up to 12 babies at one time
     

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