No wonder the Standard of Perfection is open to interpretation!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by juliechick, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    I was reading the standard for Silkies this morning and I'm laughing my head off. One of the Defects for Silkies is, and I quote, "Overall appearance of being a Creeper." What does that mean? [​IMG] If you have kids who play Minecraft, you might have an idea, but I'm sure that's not what they meant. [​IMG] In Minecraft "The Creeper is an infamous, green-camouflaged, near-silent kamikaze that will chase players and hiss for 1.5 seconds before exploding."

    Anyone know what it means in the Standard?
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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  3. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I don't see why that creeper thing would be necessary to silkies, since they are so short legged in the first place [​IMG]
     
  5. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Quote:I don't think Silkies are short legged. They have a lot of fluff, which might make them appear to have short legs.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I don't think Silkies are short legged. They have a lot of fluff, which might make them appear to have short legs.

    Their butt fluff is very close to the ground - which is stated under the definition of creeper.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    This is why you need to go to shows where they have good judges to see what they are actually talking about. Sometimes being there is worth a whole lot more than just a thousand words. When you can look at two different chickens and have somebody point out the differences, it becomes a lot clearer.

    Then you have stuff that makes absolutely no sense until it is explained. I'll admit. I would not have had a clue what "Creeper" meant.
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    You must read all the general stuff and the definitions as well as the breed standard. The breed standard does not contain all the information about how the bird will be judged.

    There are general disqualifications that apply to all birds and you need to look at those, too. Also, you are responsible for learning the vocabulary.
     
  9. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are not so short legged as to be dwarfed in any way... but the fluff and body of the feather makes them appear shorter than they are. The female in my avatar has perfectly normal leg length, she's just a very full feathered bird.
     
  10. Pyncheon guy

    Pyncheon guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the older Bantam Standards...there used to be a breed called a "Creeper".....short legged breed like a Japanese but with out the tail going over their backs.
     

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