Multi-colored silkies? Where are they?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickenpiedpiper, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Ok, when I was at the NE Poultry Congress, I looked the silkies over pretty closely. what I didnt see was silkies with the coloring of my two wee chicks! Do we not show multicolored silkies? Is there no standard for them?

    Right now my two chicks are; BB, who is buff gold, with a blue patch of fluff on her back, and in her wings, (she is only 2 weeks) and Scooter; who is mostly black, with some gold patterning around his head and neck. he is only a week plus.

    I have seen Scooters dad, and he is a lovely black and gold bi color, just like him. Why dont I see other bi-color silkies and frizzles? Oh, both have the dark blue black skin, and extra toes.
  2. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    No body has multi colored silkies?

  3. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I have partridge silkie roos that are the pretty brown (kinda reddish) and black. They are too cute!!
  4. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I'm pretty sure the "multicolor" comes from when the parents are two different colors... like white x partridge. I hatched out a chick that was white with blotches of partridge from when the parents mated.
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Wait, their chicks? How old are they? Chicks tend to be several colors even if they grow up to be one.
  6. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Multicolored Silkies aren't showable. They have to be one of the APA recognized colors.
  7. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Quote:Thank you, thats what I was wondering.... where can I find breed/color standards for silkies and frizzles?
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    ABA standard of Perfection book,,,,sold through hatchery catalogs or at your library
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I'm thinking that you aren't sure what colour your chicks are, but that they have several colours showing in their feathers. Is this correct? If so, they could well be recognised varieties. Chicks go through several stages of feathering before they have their adult plumage, and several of the recognised varieties could be described as "multicoloured."

    Any chicken can be shown as AOV, which means Any Other Variety--that is how new varieties come to be recognised--enough people breed and show them.

    Silkies are recognised by the American Bantam Association (and also the APA) in 14 varieties: white, black, blue, splash, grey, partridge & buff: each of these in both bearded and non-bearded.

    Common, but not yet recognised varieties for silkies include cuckoo, lavender, blue partridge, showgirls, porcelain.

    From your description of your chicks it is hard to put a variety name to them, a photo would help. I will say that off-coloured hackles do not show up for many months, so he's not a miscoloured black.
  10. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    anybody breed/ have pics of porcelain silkies? I bred some crele and barred this year.

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