Everything you need to know about: SILKIES!

Ever knew that the silkie had five toes? Ever knew that they are called "black boned chicken" In Chinese? Learn more in this article!...
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  1. DuckPro
    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
    Weight:
    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.

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    Aww! This is a silkie brooding pekin ducklings!

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    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[9]), meaning Black boned chicken.

    Hope you enjoy this article! I put a lot of effort into it!

    Fluff on!
    -Buffy

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  1. myplumtee
    I read that silkies aren't proficient layers. They only lay about 3 a week. Is that the Average? My little Cashew has laid obesity a day for the last five days and is not acting the least bit broody. Is this normal?
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    1. DuckPro
      This is normal, not all silkies get broody at the same time, and some may not even get broody.
      Silkies aren't normally kept for eggs, and they go broody a lot, so they won't lay many eggs.
      AbbysSilkies likes this.
  2. alexa009
    This is a great article! Definitely deserves 5 stars!!
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    1. DuckPro
      Aww thank you!
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  3. Kevin with chickens
    From your experience about what age do your silkies start goin broody and another question how many eggs do you put under an average silkie
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    1. DuckPro
      Silkies can go broody anytime when they start laying.
      Five eggs is the average egg amount you would put under a silkie. Any more questions?
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  4. sassysarah123
    Very good!!!! Awesome!
    1. DuckPro
      Thanks!!
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