Pros: cute, docile, love to cuddle, winter hardy
Cons: can be broody
My kids love our silkie hens the best. They are small, easy to handle and love to be cuddled. Their feathers are very soft; it is no wonder they are called the kittens of the chicken world! If you tuck them inside your jacket they take a little nap. The kids have taken them to school for show and tell. Each hen lays about 3 small eggs a week. They tend to stick to their own kind and while they co-exist with a mixed flock, my silkies are on the bottom half of the pecking order. They like low roosts and all three of mine sleep in a nesting box. Considering their small size, they are very winter hardy and cope just fine with Minnesota winters in an unheated coop. Silkies are super cute and make wonderful pet chickens.
The silkie eggs are on the right.