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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lillypug, Aug 5, 2010.
What color is this little fella?
That is a buff silkie It jus has a lot of blue/black feathers. In the buff coloring, it is called smut. If planning to show, you want as little possible smut in your buffs. Cute bird!
Thanks for the quick reply. Should the ones with any smut be kept from breeding?
Quote:It depends if you are breeding for show or not. If you just want cute silkies for broodies or running around the yard, then they would fulfill your breeding purposes. If you are trying to breed towards the buff standard, then I would not use the bird for breeding. Buff in silkies is very tricky variety to breed. Normally there is too much smut, or you get a clear bird that is too light buff with a white undertone. Buffs tend to get redder combs and lighter skin than the other color varieties.
You want a nice dark golden buff color like this:
Here is a clear pullet with no smut:
Wow. Now it makes sense to me why my buffs are such a wide variety of shades of buff. From a beautiful light to nearly a rich almost red, then I have some with the smuttiness. Interesting!
Quote:Yep, you have some that hatch completely clear and other that are really smutty!
Brother and Sister (pullet has poop on her wing)
My silkies always get pooped on too! ROFL! Oh the dangers of not being able to fly onto the roost! LOL
I love silkies! Theyre so cute!