What do you think of her?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shylasgarden, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    I am hoping someone will critique this chick, I know he/she is young (5 weeks) but my 10 yr old daughter really wants to show this year and this chick is probably the best silkie I have. Do you think she would be laughed out of there?
    Thanks for any and all honest opinions, Di

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  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    It's hard to tell until they get some age on them since silkie tend to fill-out later than most. I would say that it is hatchery quality since there is no feathering on the middle toes. Plus, the topknot is not very well developed. The blue color is beautiful, though.

    I think she will be a good start, especially for a junior competition. You've got to start somewhere! [​IMG]
     
  3. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, actually she is a hatchery chick, and again, probably the best of the lot. We`ve had chickens for awhile (these are our first silkies) but lately my daughter has a real interest in them. I of course don`t expect the chick to do much, I just didn`t want my daughter to be totally humiliated by having a very inferior bird. Maybe I can talk her into one of the orpingtons :)
     
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    There is a wonderful lady that lives near Greenville, TN that raises some gorgeous silkies. I've ordered eggs from her several times and always have a good hatch.

    Here are her Ebay auctions for pictures and contact info:

    http://myworld.ebay.com/1234muki/
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    About the only thing you can tell from a chick this age are whether the comb looks like it is probably correct and the number and placement of toes.

    The bird needs 5 toes on each foot; no more, no less.

    Crests come later; at this point there is no telling how well your chick will "crest up," or not. I see what looks like some middle toe feathering. If there it will likely fluff out. If not present it won't come in. But the outer toe feathering looks very nice and may well cover up a sparce middle toe.

    Muff & beard looks ok. The good news is that the bird may well develop into an acceptable silkie; the bad news is that it will be months before you know.

    Regardless of quality of the bird, it can be used for showmanship. Showmanship relies upon the child, not the bird. If there are faults or DQs, your daughter will need to know what they are, and be able to address how the bird should be. Your daughter's knowledge of chickens in general, the breed of her showmanship bird and that specific bird is what is judged. Also, how well she can handle the bird, and its condition.
     

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