why is my silkie batch not very... fluffy?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by raymondjames, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chirping

    Sep 18, 2011
    Hi! Today i just had to rehome some roos... it was sad but theyre okay, but when they were handed over, the people already had silkies, which made me think.

    Why are other people's silkies so fluffeh!?

    Mine are a bit "poofy" but maybe a third the puff of one you'd see on the silkie thread.

    Do i need to blowdry them? Bathe them? what do i need to do (because that way they will be nice and cozy and pretty)

    Also, when do silkies lay?

  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    it's just the quality of the breeding that contributes to how fluffy they are. hatchery silkies aren't as fluffy as silkies from someone who breeds them for a specific look/type.

    my silkie started laying at 23 weeks, but usually I think it takes them a while longer than that
  3. Stewzoo

    Stewzoo In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2012
    Most breeders do "selective" breeding. They take the more poufy ones and use those for breeding stock. I have a few of the extra poufy and the not so poufy. I think the less pouf, the friendlier the bird....the other ones never seem to know what is going on. Hahaha!
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