APA Standard Of Perfection for Silkie:
Feather Legged Bantams -
Weights:Cock 36 oz. Cockerel 32 oz.
Hen 32 oz. Pullet 28 oz.
Shape - Male and Female
Male - Walnut - set firmly and evenly on head, almost circular in shape, preferably broader than longer, with a number of small prominence's over it, a slight indentation or furrow, transversely across the middle, rising at a point just forward of the nostrils and extending backwards to a point parallel with the front of the eyes.
Female - Walnut, very small, well formed. Rest of the description same as the male.
Below: A well fromed silkie hen.
Beak: Short and stout, curving to a point.
Face: Surface smooth, skin fine and soft in texture.
Eyes: Large, round and prominent.
Male - Non-Bearded: medium size, concave, nearly round, fine in texture, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded - very small, concealed by beard., natural absence preferred.
Female - Non-Bearded: small, concave, forming a half circle, fine texture, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded: small to nonexistent, concealed by beard.
Male - Non-Bearded: small, oval, fine in texture, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded: very small, almost concealed by muffs.
Female: very small, rest of description the same as the male.
Male - medium size, soft and full. as upright as comb will permit, having a few silky feathers streaming gracefully backwards from lower and back part of crest.
Female: medium size, soft and full, globular, upright, well balanced.
Moderately small, short, carried so that a line drawn parallel with tip of the tail will bisect the comb.
Beard & Muffs:
Short, gracefully arched, with a very full hackle flowing well over the shoulders.
Male - short, broad from shoulders to saddle, quite rounded its entire length rising gradually from middle of the back towards tail.
Female - short, broad from shoulders to cushion, quite rounded its entire length, rising gradually from middle of back towards tail.
Male - Rising from back at base of cape, very broad and round, plumage profuse and long, lower saddle feathers flowing over tips of wings and mingling with fluff.
Rising from back at base of cape, very broad and round, plumage abundant.
Male - short, very shredded at ends, well spread at base, filled underneath with an abundance of soft feathers which are overlapped by coverts and lesser sickles, the whole forming a duplex curve with back and saddle. Sickles, lesser sickles, and coverts - abundant, soft, well curved, without hard quills, concealing main tail feathers.
Female - short, very shredded at ends, well spread at base, filled underneath with an abundance of soft feathers which are overlapped by cushion and coverts, the whole forming a duplex curve with back and cushion.
Medium size, closely folded, carried well back and nearly horizontal, well above the lower thighs ending short of stern. Shoulders and fronts: concealed by hackles and breast feathers. Bows and coverts: Very well rounded. Primaries: medium length, well shredded, tapering convexly to stern, tips concealed by saddle feathers.
Carried forward, very full, well rounded and of great depth and width.
Body And Fluff:
Body of moderate length, broad, deep and well rounded from breast bone to stern and let down well between the legs.
Legs and Toes:
Male - Legs short and stout, set well apart, straight when viewed from the front. Lower thighs: short, stout at top, tapering to hocks, abundantly feathered.
Covered with soft and silky feathers curving inwards about the hocks.
Rather short, stout in boner, well feathered on the outer sides with silky plumage, the upper part growing out from thigh plumage and continuing into foot feathering. Spurs: medium size and length, set just above the 5th toe.
Five, the three front straight, well and evenly spread, the hind toe double, the normal toe in natural position and the extra toe placed above, starting from close to the other toe, but well formed, longer than the other toes and curving upwards and backwards; the outer and middle toe well feathered.
Female - same as male except no spur. (Bare middle toe a serious defect in either sex)