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Silkie breeding, genetics & showing

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Fancy Feathers, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Fancy Feathers

    Fancy Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There has been an interest, and a need, of a thread for serious discussion and questions dedicated to showing Silkies and breeding quality birds and the genetics involved therein.
    All varieties and projects are welcome, and pictures are encouraged, but please lets limit this thread to serious dicussion of breeding towards the standard of perfection [​IMG]
     
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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Great Idea Nancy [​IMG]
     
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  3. blessedchick

    blessedchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a brand new breeder/owner of Silkies I am excited to see this thread! Always working to improve my flock in the hope of showing someday...
     
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  4. mystdogs

    mystdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for this new thread. I'm just starting on my silkie flock to show and breed from. How long do you wait before deciding to cull a bird from breeding? What makes the deciding factor between what makes show quality vs breeder quality? Why is there a difference and what makes the decision?
    I have 4 silkies that are now 3 months old. paint, black, splash, and partridge. I'm planning to order eggs of BBS and paint, as I'm limited on my space for breeding and would prefer to stick with one or two breeding pens.
    Here is Peepers, my partridge hen. I think she is the typiest of all my silkies

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  5. 4hchickmama

    4hchickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good idea![​IMG]
     
  6. Lisa Pedro

    Lisa Pedro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    Pretty birds.
     
  7. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, to me she is not balanced - yet. Her crest needs to be larger to balance out that lovely "S" shape. Lovely coloring. How are her wings?
     
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  8. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In dogs as well as birds, a breeding quality animal is one with all the right stuff - proper conformation, no dqs, few faults - but just not necessarily stellar. You probably could show it, but it will take longer to finish or won't place well among the superb.
     
  9. littlecritters

    littlecritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for starting this thread! I think it will be a great compliment to the other silkie threads.
     
  10. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd hate to see this thread die...I think critiques would be good. Feel free to critique away. This is a five month-old pullet.

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