Standard silkies?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pawtraitart, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Songster

    May 30, 2007
    Does anybody know where I could get some standard silkies as opposed to bantams? Are they only available outside the US? Just curious. [​IMG]
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I thought all silkies were bantam ?? I must have missed something along the

  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    I don't know that there is a thing. You might have to breed a silkie with a standard cochin and keep breeding that generation with another until you get a standard silkie.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I think its a eurpoean thing. As for can you get them, I think the "standard bantam" is under 2 lbs, while the "standard" is something above that. I know I've gotten a hatchery silkie bantam that was like 3 lbs as an adult! In europe I think they just divide the birds between big and small. Although a 6 lb silkie would be hilarious.
  5. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    [​IMG] This post just jumped out and scared me!! I got up late today and turned on the computer and sent a private email to SilkieChicken called "Silkie Bantams?". I get a nice reply to my questions and then log into the forum. What I want to know is who is reading over my shoulder? Makes me feel like we are in the Twilight Zone![​IMG]
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Songster

    May 30, 2007
    It's not fair that the US doesn't have access to many of the European chicken varieties. It's inevitable that the ones that I'm most interested in, I can't get! hehe
  7. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Here's the deal: There are two types of silkies, Standard and Bantam. What we have in the US is sort of mid-sized between the two.

    I'm not really sure if you can get them here. Hmm. Might be worth a websearch if you really want them.

  8. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    Every once in a while there is a lady on ebay that sells standard silkies. She got them by crossing bantams to standard black orps or something. They are large and not to bad looking. Here in America, many of the silkie 'bantams' are standard weights. I have seen silkies that are the size of my standard wyandottes as far as size. I think that they should start weighing birds at shows because the SOP only allows birds to be 20% over standard weights and I know that many of the silkies are 50% or more. I have seen some small tiny silkies from hatcheries but thats it, many are large now. People breed for crest size and feathering on feet instead of type and size.
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Yes I have to agree with Flyingmonkey on this lady that has standard silkies...not too bad either. Needs more work to improve the breed too.
  10. Chellester

    Chellester Songster

    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal
    From what I remember from when I had silkies as a kid, the hatchery variety silkies were smaller than what you get from a hatchery today.

    When I started getting back into chickens this year, I bought a few white silkies from a hatchery. As they grew, I noticed they seemed to be quite a bit bigger than what I remembered them to be. My mom even commented that the ones I have now are bigger than the ones we used to have.

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