Silkies are known for their fluffy feathers which are known to feel like silk, or satin.
The breed, however, is very unusual. Not just their fluff, but there's more.
Such as: black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot! Whereas most chickens have 4 toes.
Silkies are very calm, sweet, and small. So they are great for kids!
Hens mostly will go broody, and care for chicks well.
They are used commonly to hatch other poultry or bird eggs due to their broodyness.
Country of origin: China
Other names: silky
Male: 2-3 lbs.
Female: 1.5-2 lbs.
Skin color: black or blue.
Egg color: either cream or tinted eggs.
Comb type: walnut comb.
Aww! This is a silkie brooding pekin ducklings!
These are eggs from a silkie.
Silkies appear in two distinct varieties: bearded and non-bearded. Bearded Silkies have an extra muff of feathers under the beak area that covers the earlobes. They also are separated according to color. Colors of Silkie recognized for competitive showing include black, blue, buff, grey, partridge, and white. Alternative hues, such as cuckoo, lavender, red, and splash also exist. The standards of perfection call for all Silkies to have a small walnut-colored comb, dark wattles, and turquoise-blue earlobes. In addition to these defining characteristics, Silkies have five toes on each foot. Other breeds which exhibit this rare trait include the Dorking, Faverolles, and Sultan.
their Chinese language name is wu gu ji (烏骨雞), meaning Black boned chicken.
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