Why?.....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sgsf, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Sgsf

    Sgsf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's so unfair to Silkies.....they can't see OR fly. WHY?
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Why what?
     
  3. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    why? because thats how people bred them. They can't fly because of the silkie feathering - though most chickens can't fly anyway - they are too heavy. but silkies even if proportioned correctly - wouldn't have the ability because of the feathering. As for seeing, people liked the big poofy head, and so selectively bred that trait. Want yours to see? Use a rubber band to hold it up on top of head and out of face, or trim it.

    Just like poor weenie dogs and bassett hounds, they have teeny short legs because they were selectively bred for that long body and short stubby legs.
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    My silkies see just fine even with their huge poofs. I have never lost one due to not finding the food/waterbowl. There friendly and alot calmer than most chickens. Its what breed you prefer. I prefer the silkies.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Based upon my birds and those that I have seen at numerous shows, it is FAR more often the muffs that are likely to block the eyes than the crest.

    If you dislike a breed trait, then find a breed that fits your preferences.
     
  6. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love silkies, and I miss my little Daisy, who died mysteriously at a very young age. She was a white bantam silkie.
     
  7. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

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    My silkies fly pretty okay [​IMG] and can see, partridge has more trouble than the buff, but they aren't blind.
     
  8. Sgsf

    Sgsf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I like the Silkies. They are fun birds, and they are very nice and loving. But I just don't see how it's fair for them.
     
  9. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I dont know alot about Silkie traits, but I didnt know they were bred to have short legs. Just today I was looking at my hatchery stock silkies, and thought to myself-"Gee, that silkie has reeeeeaaally long legs, I wonder if it has some other genetics in it?" It was standing up really tall, but the legs themselves were really long. Is that just a hatchery thing you think?
     
  10. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Quote:I dont know alot about Silkie traits, but I didnt know they were bred to have short legs. Just today I was looking at my hatchery stock silkies, and thought to myself-"Gee, that silkie has reeeeeaaally long legs, I wonder if it has some other genetics in it?" It was standing up really tall, but the legs themselves were really long. Is that just a hatchery thing you think?

    She was talking about those breeds of DOGS having short legs. [​IMG]
     

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