What color is this silkie?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lillypug, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. lillypug

    lillypug Fleur De Lis Farm

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    What color is this little fella?
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  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    That is a buff silkie [​IMG] It jus has a lot of blue/black feathers. In the buff coloring, it is called smut. [​IMG] If planning to show, you want as little possible smut in your buffs. Cute bird!
     
  3. lillypug

    lillypug Fleur De Lis Farm

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Should the ones with any smut be kept from breeding?
     
  4. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
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    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.
     
  5. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    You want a nice dark golden buff color like this:

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    Here is a clear pullet with no smut:

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  6. lillypug

    lillypug Fleur De Lis Farm

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    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![​IMG]
     
  7. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
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    Quote:Yep, you have some that hatch completely clear and other that are really smutty!

    Brother and Sister (pullet has poop on her wing)

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  8. lillypug

    lillypug Fleur De Lis Farm

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    My silkies always get pooped on too! ROFL! Oh the dangers of not being able to fly onto the roost! LOL
     
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    I love silkies! Theyre so cute! [​IMG]
     

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