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What Makes A Show Quality Silkie? ADDED PICS

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Laurajean, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    **I added pics for those who asked.

    Forgive me if this has been asked or for my ignorance in general, I know nothing about showing chickens and I don't ever visit this section.

    I'm not planning to show my Silkies, as I'm sure they are NOT show quality. But I got thinking about it and wondering. I've seen pictures of GORGEOUS Silkies, all fluffy with giant head poofs, etc. Then I look at MY Silkies and think they must have pulled them from the discount bin. [​IMG] Don't get me wrong, I love them very much, but they look scraggly and pathetic compared to so many pics I've seen. Their "head poofs" (there's probably a proper term for that) are not huge like pictures I've seen, they're pretty small, and they just have an overall scraggly look compared to pics I see of others. They are healthy, a good weight, very clean and well cared for with a super spacious coop, so it's not poor health. They just don't seem as "fancy" as others I've seen.

    So anyway, I'm just curious. I assume mine just have lousy genetics, show quality-wise at least, but are there certain standards for show quality Silkies, and what are they? Certain attributes that make a show Silkie? I'd love an education on this, thanks!
     
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  2. peepswiththepoof

    peepswiththepoof Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can start by reading this: http://www.americansilkiebantamclub.org/standard.asp

    I'm
    sure those who show Silkies will chime in and give more info! [​IMG]

    Where did you get your Silkies? Are they hatchery stock or did you get them from a breeder? That makes a world of difference!
     
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  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I wish that site Peep posted had photos/drawings with the descriptors. So according to this:
    Disqualifications:
    * More or less than 5 toes
    * Absence of beard or muffs.
    * Shanks not feathered down outer sides
    See APA Standard for Other DQs and cuts

    You cannot show a beardless silkie???
     
  4. lynxs1981

    lynxs1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can show beardless silkies, they just have different qualifications. Look under "wattles" in the link above.
     
  5. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to see pics!!!! Have any?
     
  6. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    There are bearded and nonbearded varieties

    Basically, when choosing which bird to show or breed from I go by certain things - not in order I look at........

    Color of feathers & skin
    Bird size
    Comb type and size - I make sure no horns on the comb & it is a walnut comb that is mulberry in color
    Crest size - some have poofier crests than others, and nonbearded silkies tend to have smaller crests in my experience.
    Toes - I look for # of toes first. Spacing between the last 2 toes plays a small role in my decision making, but not as much as lack of toes or too many toes.
    Feather Legs - Nice feathering down leg and middle toe
    Wings - I look for wings held tight and high on the body, and not too much nor too little shredding
    Tail - A nice poofy cushion, without hard feathers, or with few hard feathers
    Ears - turquoise ears


    I probably missed something. Not had enough coffee yet


    Hatchery stock looks a lot different than show stock IMO.
     
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  7. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure about show quality. I bought mine froma local breeder.
    These are my new babies! Just a few weeks old. Not sure about sex yet.

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  8. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How old are they? Sillkies get "poofier" as they mature, assuming the genetics are there. For example here is a three week old, followed by her mother who is seven months old:

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  9. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    A general reply to a few different posts....

    Yes, I did get them from a hatchery. I never had ANY intention of showing them and still don't, I'm only curious about the differences. I KNOW mine aren't show quality for sure. [​IMG] I just wanted bantams as pets so ordered a "featherfooted bantam assortment". Ended up with five Silkies, A Mille Fleur D' Uccle, and a Cochin. The D'Uccle and Cochin are beautiful, not sure if they're "show quality" or not, but they're very nice. The Silkies are really kind of laughable, but I do love them anyway.

    They are a year and a month old today, actually.

    I *think* one is bearded, and I don't think the rest are. Right now all their head poofs are extra scraggly thanks to the Roo, who is also a Silkie. [​IMG]

    I gotta run out now for an appointment, but I'll try to find some pics to post of them when I get back. You can't laugh at them though, it will hurt their momma's feelings. [​IMG]

    Oh, and they DO at least all have five toes.
     
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  10. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll bet they are GREAT broodies!
     
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