- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Light Brown
- Breed Temperament:
- Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- White, black, buff, blue, lavender, splash, other colors are being worked on
- Breed Size:
If you like a unique looking chicken, Showgirls may be the breed for you. Showgirls are a recent creation, becoming increasingly popular in the last ten years or so. They are generally the result of crossing Transylvanian Naked Necks / Turkens to Silkies. The Turken is used in the first generation to incorporate the incompletely dominant Naked Neck gene into the breeding program, then for multiple generations continue by crossing the Naked Necked chicks back to Silkies to improve type. The goal is usually a bird that is essentially a Silkie but with a naked neck (and perhaps with bowties and/or beards).
Like Silkies, the Showgirl hens are very broody and exceptional mothers, and they are often used to hatch the eggs of other breeds. Showgirl females are usually very calm, sweet and gentle birds, they usually make excellent pets, especially for children. Because of their gentle nature Showgirls may not do well in mixed flocks with breeds that have a more aggressive temperament. Their silkied feathers make them vulnerable to extreme cold, especially in wet weather, the feathered feet also require some care. They generally are not very predator aware, do not do well free ranging, and should be kept in a fenced in area. Like Silkies they are usually five toed, dark skinned, and have a walnut comb. They come in many colours, white probably being the most popular.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-showgirl.1073376/
Recent User Reviews
"Interesting and Fun"
Pros - Interesting looking, fluffy, friendly, docile, go broody
Cons - easy target for predators, not too heat tolerant
I have a showgirl rooster and a showgirl hen. They have all the good qualities of a silkie. They are sweet and soft. They go broody and make good mothers. They lay every other day or so. They make a good conversation starter. ;-) I love my showgirls and the rooster is friendly too.
Just like the silkies, they don't tolerate the heat very well. They need shade, cool water, and possibly a fan when it is really hot. I lost two this past summer due to heat. They need lots of protection against predators because they are slow and maybe not so smart.
"Cute little monsters"
Pros - Interesting looking, fuzzy, good broodies, pretty to look at
Cons - broody often, somewhat delicate, feathers can't repel rain like normal featherd birds.
I love my showgirls. When I first saw a showgirl I thought they were ugly and weird looking, but the more I looked at them the more i liked them. Now I have 3 showgirls and I am in love with them. They area really interesting looking and I am hoping to set up a couple of breeding pens with them and some silkies.
These are my babies.
Vera 4 month old non-bearded bowtie splash pullet.
Vera on the left and Tamar the bearded splash showgirl pullet (I think) on the right.
Spanky the splash cockerel at 4 months old as well.
I recommend them if you are looking for an interesting looking ornamental bird that does go broody often. I suggest breeding them to a silkie to maintain silkie type and good feathering.