White Silkies - How hard is it.....?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SundownWaterfowl, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    How hard is it to keep them white? Can't the sun discolor them to make them yellowish? I know with my buffs when they are in the sun it can sort of bleach their feathers.

    Im really thinking about getting another color of silkies, im thinking either blue/black/splash or white. I like the b/b/s because you can have 3 different colors kept together, but I also love the whites. [​IMG] I dont know!
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    I would go with the B/B/S I have both. too much sun/ dirt/corn makes the feathers yellow If you want to show there will be a lot more whites at a show than other colors. I do like the look of the whites I think there are a lot of high quality ones out there.
  3. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Breed the colors you like best. Don't let the drow backs hold you back. You will over come.
    Just a note: I LOVE white [​IMG]
  4. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    White's are not for beginners, it depends what you plan on doing, if you want to show, white will get dirty if not taken care of or housed properly.
    Mant people choose to go with the blue, black & splash since they are easyR.
    If you just want a backyard flock then don't worry about it.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010
  5. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Awww!!! You gotta try them..I just wanted blacks but I do love my whites....BBS are great because you do get variety but those whites [​IMG]
  6. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    My flock is 90% white. They are no dirtier than any of my other birds. They will sunburn but so will a splash. A diet high in corn will turn the whole bird yellow. Or try mixing corn oil in with their feed in the Winter. What results will get your attention pretty quickly.

    And if they want to take a mud bath, let them. The resulting bird the next morning will be stunningly white.

    The only time I've noticed one of my white bird looking dirty is when they are depleted or not feeling well.
  7. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    I agree with robin416 I have a white silkie roo and he stays amazingly clean!
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    So far our whites are beautifully clean and stunningly white. They go from their large and airy pen with pine shavings out into the "courtyard" most every day and take dirt baths but like robin said...the next morning they are bright white again. Even their feet feathers are nice.

    Rose...chronically broody...


    White pair from Harvest Breeze Farm

  9. chickenman98

    chickenman98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Eastern Oklahoma
    how many silkies do you want? if it is several then try b/b/s AND white.
  10. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Quote:I literally meant mud. I've got one now and had another that the first mud hole they found after a rain is where they climbed in and wallered around. Talk about a mess when they came out. But the next morning was amazed to see how beautifully white they were. Even better than giving a bath with shampoo.

    I have a preference for white birds. That is why I sold off almost everything that was not white. I've raised white birds since the beginning of my Silkie adventure, which is years, so I know what to expect. If a white bird is dirty and seems to be that way all of the time then suspect that a problem exists. Such as internal/external parasites.

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