My Silkies, What do ya' think?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by millebantam, May 1, 2009.

  1. millebantam

    millebantam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Little Rhody
    I've been raising a mixed flock of silkies for a couple of years now, and I started with a real mishmash of various unrelated stock. I even bought some of my early stock from livestock auctions. Over time, I just kept strictly culling anything I didn't like, and keeping what I thought was the best. These pictures are some of my young pullets that I hatched out around Christmas. My 12 year old son wants to start showing his Silkies this summer, and I think we're getting close to decent birds now. They all have correct toes, and no visible disqualifications that I can see. Let us know what you think. We can take it, lol.[​IMG][/img][​IMG][/img]
  2. Southern Chickens

    Southern Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    NorthWest Florida
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  3. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    You culled ones you didn't like? Sorry to say anything but couldn't you have found homes for some of them, the animal shelters also take chickens. Im sorry but just because you "didn't like it" you killed it isn't that like chicken racism? Im sure you could of found homes for them on BYC their is always people looking for silkies. Again sorry for this whole rant I just had to show what I thought.
  4. millebantam

    millebantam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Little Rhody
    Since when does the term "cull" automatically mean kill? To "cull" means to selectively REMOVE certain individuals that don't conform to the standard that you are trying to achieve. Most of my culls were either sold or given away as pets.
  5. waibel zoo

    waibel zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sandy, UT
    I think they are preety.[​IMG]
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    very common misconception... most people are horrified when I say I'm going to cull my flock...
  7. Black Feather

    Black Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Quote:Emzyyy, culling does not necessarily mean the birds were killed. It simply means the birds were removed from the breeding flock. Heck, I've culled hundreds of birds, and not one was killed, I found homes for all of them. A proper understanding of terminology is a great benefit when posting comments.

    millebantam, they look pretty good to me! Mind you, I'm not a silkie expert by a long shot and there are people here who are far more qualified to comment. The one thing that may be of concern is it looks like they may have a few stiff tail feathers on some of the white.

  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Such pretty birds, yes!! [​IMG]
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Pretty birds! So when are you going to start showing?
  10. Hi! Your white Silkies look great to me. Good luck to your son when he starts showing!
    I've chosen to remove the word *cull* from my chicken-vocabulary --- it has so many negative connotations and is so misunderstood. I 'butcher extra roosters', I give away or sell hens that don't fit into a 'program' here, but I don't *cull*.

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