Questions on Showing Silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by country, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. country

    country Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    Lincoln, CA
    I've been going over my Silkies in prep for the coming Hollister & Stockton shows & I noticed some things that I need some advice on. Of course, what better place than BYC!!!

    1. Some of my Silkies have missing nails & I know they were okay a couple of months ago. I think one of them could be due to a case of scaly leg mites that I didn't notice in time, but I'm not sure about the others. I suspect that it's due to mud balls that form at the end of their toes & then harden like cement. I tried pulling one off once & it took the nail with it. Anyway, my question is - If a Silkie has a missing nail, is that a DQ, points off, or do judges ignore it?

    2. I just noticed that my gorgeous black cockerel has a 3rd toe on his left foot that isn't straight. It curves slightly to the right. Either I missed it when he was a chick or else he has somehow broken it. Again, is that a DQ, minus points, or doesn't really matter?

    Thank you so much for any help.


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