Ques about and bearded and non-bearded silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by happymom99, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    Hello. What is the difference between bearded and non-bearded silkies? Are they easy to tell apart? Is one usually preferred over the other? If you have a picture of one of each can you post it so I can see the difference?

    Thank you!
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    One is bearded and one isn't [​IMG] In poor quality stock you can tell the non-bearded ones by their small crests, small general head appearance, and the males have large purple or even red wattles.

    In bearded both poor and good type, they're very fluffy in general with a nearly hidden face, males have little to preferably no wattles but may have a large to small purple comb peaking out of their cottonball face.


    bearded ^


    non bearded

    bearded gals


    non bearded male

  3. AquaEyes

    AquaEyes Chillin' With My Peeps

    To my eyes, the last picture is the most attractive. I don't understand the appeal of chickens whose faces you can't see -- but that's just me.
  4. Olamina

    Olamina Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2013
    Sutter County
    When you purchase a silkie at a feed store or TSC is it more commonly bearded or non bearded?

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