What does a grey silkie look like?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by huckleberryfarm, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    I just hatched a silkie that I think might be grey. It's still drying in the bator but it's dark with a very silvery head and crest. I think grey might be the opposite. I also have a darkish one with silver chipmunk markings. New to me! Any thoughts? Do you have a picture of a grey you could post? Thanks!
     
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  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    Thanks but that's a link for Seramas. [​IMG]
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    This photo is NOT mine and I am not representing it as my bird. It is one that I took from the ABA site to show an example of a gorgeous gray hen. This hen is owned and bred by Donna McCormick.


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  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is the description in the Standard of Perfection:

    Gray Silkie Bantams (Bearded and Non-Bearded)

    Color - Male Plumage
    Head
    Dark Gray
    Neck
    Hackle - light gray streaked with darker gray.
    Back
    Even shade of chinchilla gray.
    Saddle
    To match hackle.
    Tail
    Main tail, sickles, and coverts same as back.
    Wings
    Shoulders, fronts, bows, and coverts same as back.
    Primaries slaty gray with center shafting of darker shade.
    Secondaries slaty gray.
    Breast
    Light gray.
    Body & Stern
    Same as back.
    Shanks & Toes
    Slaty blue
    Undercolor
    Smoky gray of a shade not darker than top color.

    Color - Female Plumage
    Head
    Chinchilla Gray
    Neck
    Hackle - light gray streaked with darker gray.
    Back & Cushion
    Even shade of chinchilla gray.
    Tail
    Main tail and coverts same as back.
    Wings
    Shoulders, fronts, bows, and coverts same as back.
    Primaries and secondaries solid even shade of slaty gray.
    Breast
    Light gray.
    Body & Stern
    Same as back.
    Shanks & Toes
    Slaty blue
    Undercolor
    Smoky gray of a shade not darker than top color.
     
  6. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, she is gorgeous [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Three Cedars Silkies

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    I'm considering breeding grays, but it will require another breeding pen to be built...and I don't know if I have the energy. I absolutely love them. Although we also call them "silver partridge", they are NOT supposed to have the penciling that you see in gold-based partridge.

    The SOP calls for an "even chincilla gray".
     
  8. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOVE LOVE LOVE. I'm not a fan of the partridge coloration- I really can't say I like blue that well either- but that gray is a stunner. I hadn't ever seen that- Thanks for posting the pic Judy!
     
  9. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    Yes, she's beautiful! Once I posted, I realized that my chick is the opposite. The head is light and the body is dark. So greys must be bred alone? You do kind of end up with 1000 pens when breeding, don't you? My husband is a bit sick of it! Wait until I tell him I just bought some paints. But not the price of course!
     
  10. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    By the way, Judy, I have some of your black eggs going into lockdown on Thursday! [​IMG]
     

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