Please educate me about breeding Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by blaundee, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Songster

    Aug 3, 2009
    I am going to start breeding Silkies, and am about to see if I can find the breed standard online. I used to have a few Silkies, but never bred them, so this is new to me. As for the genetic side of it all, what colors are dominant, how dominant is toe feathering, etc? Should a bird who doesn't have proper toe feathering NOT be bred?

    Any advice is welcome!!!
  2. blaundee

    blaundee Songster

    Aug 3, 2009
  3. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    Hi blaundee
    There are a couple of GREAT silkie threads already existing on here which would provide you with most of the information you're requesting.
    The SOP is not available online, but the portion regarding Silkies is available on the American Silkie Bantam Club website~~while you're there, you should join.

    Best of luck
  4. There is quite a bit to know. My suggestion is to search the forums for threads that have good discussions about breeding and raising silkies and read them. Then ask questions about what you don't understand.
  5. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Find an experienced NPIP breeder near you and offer to help them with their flock (cleaning, feeding, medicating, petting...etc.) in exchange for them mentoring you in what to do. There's no written word that will help you more than hands on experience. Also, some things that work in one area of the country might not work in a completely different climate. Availability of food varies from place to place, as well. They will also be a good source of quality breeding stock for you. Where are you located?
  6. I agree that you should do searches regarding Silkies on the forums and lurk around the breeds, genetics threads/board. That's what I'm doing, and I'm finding alot of valid, helpful info. Thank goodness for BYC.

    Yes, the Silkie standard is on the Silkie breeder's club website.
  7. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Quote:Not all NPIP testers are poultry people. Mine isn't.

    Go to shows. The most educational thing you could do is go to shows that have Silkies entered.

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