I attended the little rhody show today, there were several sikies being shown. I took the time to really look each of them over & quite frankly, I was surprised that there were very few, if any that were perfect...they were beautiful to look at, but as far as perfect according to the ASBC standard..no. The main 2 problems i saw were roosters combs & toe placement. Several of them had several pointy spikes on too large combs & I wouldnt refer to those as walnut combs. The Toe placement was another issue, many of the silkies toes were not perfect, a few of them had the 5th toe very low & actually walked on it, others had the 4th/5th to close together. When i was seriously working with standard color silkies , if the toes werent placed according the ASBC standard, i wouldnt use them for breeding or sell them for showing. The same goes for the Combs, the best rooster comb I saw there was in the junior catagory, he had a small proper walnut comb with no spikey protrusions. Is there something ive missed, has the ASBC lowered the silkie breed standard?. I have sent many a birds off to the flea market or given them away free becuase they had those 2 MAJOR flaws , i just dont understand why they would allow those flaws in a show. On another note, I noticed a few silkies with improper skin coloring. I have never shown personally because of biosecurity, but many of my birds, both in standard colors & aov have been shown & placed well by their new owners.