What would be the best color?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by 3clucks, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. 3clucks

    3clucks Chirping

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    Hi there! I am looking into getting a silkie or two as an exhibition bird and was wondering what would be the best color to start out with for a beginner.
     
  2. Sneebsey

    Sneebsey Songster

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    Solid black/blue/splash would be fun as the blue gene only has an effect on black pigment; if your birds are pure on their e-locus all three colours can be bred in the same pen.
     
  3. LilJoe

    LilJoe Crowing

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    I agree...
    or white. If you want to have some fun keeping them clean.
     
  4. ChickenLeg

    ChickenLeg Crowing

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    Partridge was always my favorite silkie color
     
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  5. 3clucks

    3clucks Chirping

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    Thanks so much for the input
     
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  6. 336White Phoenix

    336White Phoenix Songster

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    Pure white black skin 4 toes
     
  7. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Silkies should have 5 toes not 4.
    Not sure that has anything to do with OPs question though.
     
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  8. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    A solid color is the easiest to pick out defects for color naturally. But there is also more competition in the whites or blacks class.
     
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  9. 3clucks

    3clucks Chirping

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    So would a solid blue have less competition and still be easy to identify defects in color ?
     
  10. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Yes they would. Buffs would also be an option.
     

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