Silkies vs bantam silkies??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by todtrac, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. todtrac

    todtrac In the Brooder

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    Is there a difference in silkies vs bantam silkies?

    I am confused, some people have said that all silkies are considered bantams, but I believe I have seen large silkies also. I have nine silkies now, 4 which are roughly 6 weeks old and 5 that are 3 weeks old. I am just curious if my silkies will end up larger than originally thought. I was really hoping to have bantams.. oh well if not, I already like the little guys and they are a keepers!
     
  2. Brody's Broodello

    Brody's Broodello Songster

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    If you are in the us you have bantam silkies. The only "standard" silkies re in europe. There are a few people who are trying to breed large fowl silkes. But the APA only recognizes the Silkie in the US in the bantam form. Now you may have some that are over the standard weight class but they are NOT largefowl, only oversized. Kinda like the 15 Yorkie dogs you see, they are considered PQ.
     
  3. todtrac

    todtrac In the Brooder

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    Thanks for your insight!..

    Your silkie on your header is beautiful, I only hope to have something like that... in time... I bet you spend a lot of time with your birds..
     
  4. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

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    Silkies are generally considered one of the larger bantams and there are standard sized silkies, though they are over in Europe I think.....I think there are some breeders on this site who have smaller bantam silkies and are trying to get them smaller, but from my experience some silkies can get pretty large for a bantam(depending on what line/breeder they are from) You can select your smallest birds and breed them to get smaller birds and eventually you can have pretty small birds(takes generations and lots of time) and it depends on the size of the birds you start out with. Also, part of the large appearance of a silkie has to do with how fluffy they appear(not saying there aren't actual larger birds, there are). Many silkie breeders will agree they look pathetic and skinny when they have just been soaked in water. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  5. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

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    lol, when i started writing my reply, there were no replies yet, so if I repeat anything above, its an accident [​IMG] I need to speed up my thoughts and writing lol
     
  6. LadyinRed

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    Quote:That big fluffy cat down the street? The same thing happen to him when he gets wet! [​IMG]
     
  7. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

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    Thats what I was picturing in my mind when I wrote the reply, a big white fluffy cat that you see on those canned cat food commercials with the big eyes [​IMG] Its so sad and cute at the same time when they are wet [​IMG]
     

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