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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:35 pm 
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Hey, Im still new to showing silkies but my guys have done well at all of the shows ive taken them to (coming home with 1st's and 2nd's from everyone)
Ive recently stopped breeding pekins and have started breeding silkies.. Im still unsure of what is looked for in the show world and what the judges actually judge in a silke? :huh?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! :th

Here are my babies (Getting 2 new hens in a weeks time too!)

New rooster: Only 3 months old!
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Two of my hens (White one is a bearded)
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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:40 pm 
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Hi Karleee

lovely looking gals though sorry I am no Silkie expert! Am sure you will get some good advice here though. :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:15 pm 
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Welcome to the BYP Forum and congratulations on your wins :hiya:

The Silkie breed profile might give you a bit more info viewtopic.php?t=7958365

Have you joined your local poultry club? Someone there will know about the breed and give you some advice as well.

The Australian Poultry Standard (Ed 2) will list the standard for the breed.

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:26 pm 
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Thanks tooktook and redjohanna :)
We dont have a local poultry club, I live in the middle of nowhere. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:39 pm 
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The Silkie standard is what the judges use to assess a bird at show. The link which redjohanna has shown above describes the Australian standard. Local (agricultural shows) tend to be less specific than poultry club shows.


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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:33 am 
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Ive read it, but am still confused. :'(


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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:22 am 
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I live in the middle of nowhere as well :biggrin: I have joined two poultry clubs though. One is an hours drive away, the second is two hours drive away. The club members have helped me a lot with my birds.

What are you still confused about and we can try to help?

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:38 pm 
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My bearded, as you can see... can not see! So i trimmed her fluff back around her eyes so she can see... is this acceptable for shows?


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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
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I have also been told he is the wrong colour for breeding due to his 'rusting'?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:11 pm 
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trimming her crest and beard, while practical for around the yard, is not good for showing.

however, showing requires htat the bird be able to see without being trimmed, so it possibly means that your girl has too much crest.

is the partridge hen nad white hen the colours you want to breed with in females?

these are two different colours, requiring a partridge rooster and a white rooster for the best breeding opportunities.

white cross partridge can give some partridge babies, but this is not very common.

from my understandings of the posts you hav emade about the place,

the roo has red in his wings, which shows he is split for gold and silver probably.

this is not a desirable colour combination

keep asking questions.

my feeling is that you should ask and learn more before committing yourself to a new rooster..................there is high potential to get ripped off on all the facebook groups

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:38 pm 
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Yes she couldn't see at all so I had to trim her.
I dont really mind what colours I get, as long as they are correct to standards.

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:21 am 
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Karlee, you are going to have to find a breeder near you who is breeding quality silkies that may provide both good advice and also some good stock. The best way of making good contacts is through a poultry club even if you can't attend the meetings. You can still join and perhaps keep in contact by phone.

You need to look at every bird with the Poultry Standard in mind so that's your starting point. The bird has to be a standard colour, and have all the important breed characteristics listed.

The best way to find good breeders is to attend some of the bigger shows and find out who the breeders are there. Look at all the birds and you can often work out why one bird has placed higher than another.

A couple of silkies that have placed well this year - one in Qld and the other in Melbourne.

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Im just finding it so hard to find quality stock! :(

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
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I might have some eggs coming from interstate but would be nice to have some grown stock. :/

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 Post subject: Re: Silkies
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I might have some eggs coming from interstate but would be nice to have some grown stock. :/

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