Silkie Size

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lfoose, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. lfoose

    lfoose Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    About what size/weight should a Silkie be at about 9-12 months old?
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    i think 15" or more. Mine are still the same size they used to be at 9 months
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Acording to the US APA guidelines a silkie should be :

    Standard Weights
    Cock 36 oz. Hen 32 oz.
    Cockerel 32 oz. Pullet 28 oz.

    However, with hatchery stocks, often they can be bigger and smaller.
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    yeah, my roo is the size of my brahma pullet and my silkie pullet is a little bigger than my sebright.
  5. M.J

    M.J Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    thats i little while ago i was talking to a couple of poultry judges for what they look for in a silkie and they sayed they perfered the smaller silkies
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    does it depend on judge preferences or all judges like small?
  7. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    Most judges should like them small if they follow the standard. Here in the US, I think we should do what they did in the UK and have standard and bantam silkies. I was at a show last fall and saw a silkie that won best of breed that was the size of a standard black australorp, and not a hatchery australorp, a show 'lorp. The bird must have weighed atleast 6 pounds. It seems alot of judges are too into the crest, the crests on silkies are getting too big, if you read the standard, it calls for a medium crest, not large crest, meaning silkies crests should not be the size of polish crests. If you look at the 1998 black and white standard, the drawing is what silkies should look like as far as crest, they should be the size of an average bantam cochin or smaller.
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    so if I wanted to show my little guy I would have to way him to make sure he is the correct weight? correct?
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, thing is, you can't force them to be bigger or smaller as you would lose points on them being skinny or fat so to say The healthy weight of the bird will be determined by breeding and each bird, so you can't really force them to be this or that. Most small shows and fairs won't chop you to pieces over a bird that is healthy and vibrant and only 3 ounces over or under. It is just one factor in many they look at.
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    ok. I dont know if mine is pet or show qulity lol. I just love him as who he is [​IMG]

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