Young Silkie Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jimnjay, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a picture of an young Cockerel, I have five of them from the same parents and I am just loving them Two sweet boys have not crowed but have started growing nice streamers on the crest so I am able to tell the sex. The others appear to be girls. This boy is blue but I was wondering how big a fault it is in the show ring that he is so dark?
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  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    He is looking good Jaynie. I showed a dark blue cockerel and the problem the judges had with him was his comb being a bit large. They didn't mention anything against his dark color but someone else who has shown a lot may have more insight.
     
  3. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    I have never had an issue with the dark blue silkies in the show ring, that pretty much all I have to show, as it seems to be rare to find a nice light one. I have one hen but she has yet to throw any nice light chicks.
     
  4. isadream

    isadream Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!! He looks JUST like some of my silkie babies!! How about that?? LOL

    He looks really nice Jaynie.
     
  5. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He looks great to me! [​IMG] Handsome!
     
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Julie, Cara, Renee and Hanah. I do remember the Blue boy you spoke of Julie but I thought he was lighter through the body.

    Cara, I am relieved to hear that they don't have to be the lighter ones. This little one's Daddy was lighter in the body than he appears to be but he may lighten up a bit as he gets the adult feathers.

    The Silkie Nationals are going to be held near here in November and I am eyeballing some potential entries.
     
  7. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    There are some judges that will commment on the dark color, Aaron Stadler told me at a show once that he had a judge comment the hen was too dark. I thought she was gorgeous. I personaly have never had anyone say anything negative. I have raised a lot of roos this year in black and blue, most are being sold today but I have set back 2 for other people and one for myself. I still have a few chicks in the house that will need sexed when they get older, I am sure I have some more roos LOL.
    Mine have been exceptional in the crest area, so much I cannot tell the boys from the girls really.[​IMG]
     
  8. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, Cara, such a nice problem to have.
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    He is very pretty Jaynie. I am too new to Silkies to know anything about the blue color. Good luck at the show. [​IMG]
     
  10. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very pretty baby Jaynie! What colors did you use to get the dark blue?? Was it blue to black?? I would suggest going back to splash that should lighten the blue the next generation. With my cochins I get some dark blues out of my blue x blue matings and cross those back to splash, the next generation is lighter. From my experience to acheive the best blue color, I breed black x splash. But everyone is different, that works well for me.

    Take care,
    Shari
     

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