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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, blue, splash, white, lavender, partridge
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    Silkichins are a relatively new breed that originated in NC in early 2000 at Firestone Creek Farm in Sanford, NC. The breed is now in 3rd and 4th generation production, producing both bearded and non-bearded Silkichins in blue, lavender, splash, black, partridge, and white. This is a very docile breed, a good layer, and good parent. Hardy in heat and colder temperatures. This breed is not yet accepted into the APA, but the originator is currently creating a standard and proven adults (in addition to hatching eggs) are available to reproduce and improve the breed so it can be accepted into the show ring. Anyone willing to promote the breed is appreciated!
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  • Chicken Breed Info: Silkichin
    Breed Purpose: dual

    Comb: red to rose, upright but small and not apparent in hens at all

    Broodiness: medium

    Climate Tolerance: heat and cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: good

    Egg Size: medium

    Egg Color: brown

    Breed Temperament:
    very docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black, blue, splash, white, lavender, partridge

    Breed Details:
    The Silkichin originated in NC in early 2000 with crosses between show stock of Giant Cochin and Silkies. The Giant Cochins were good layers, but were often aggressive. The hens would go broody and sit eggs, but they would leave the nest immediately after a few chicks hatched, leaving the remainder to die in the shell. Beyond that, they were exceptional and defensive moms. The silkies, as everyone knows, went broody often, and they hatched chicks well, waiting until everyone hatched, but after hatching, the moms were often inattentive to chicks--not motherly enough. The cross created a very attractive bearded and non-bearded breed with a large topknot and cochin feathering that is as soft as silk. The hens are excellent mothers, hatching all eggs and rearing young well. The roos are very docile; I have never once had one of these roos offer to attack me. In fact, I can pet them--any of them--while I am feeding them and so can my 7 year old son.

    The breed has dark skin, round eyes, and five toes like the silkie, but it is larger in size than a bantam. Feathering is much like the cochin but with much feathering on feet and on top of the head and beard, if bearded.

    This breed is not yet a part of the APA, but it is into the fourth generation of breeding. A breed standard is currently in production and will be posted on the website of Firestone Creek Farm along with info about the ASC (American Silkichin Club). If you love soft and fuzzy, or if you are tired of roosters that are constantly trying to attack you or your children, this is the breed for you! Anyone willing to promote the breed is welcome. Contact Firestone Creek Farm at for info on breeding pairs and hatching eggs.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Lilorp14
    Pros - any comb in the book roo doesnt crow
    Cons - sticks out like a sore thumb
    we had 2 we gave one away and that one was the hen.[​IMG] this emijo stands for anger and that anger comes from that he is an egg eater
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  2. chickincrazy
    "Pretty, but can be overly broody and cranky."
    Pros - good layer, beautiful birds.
    Cons - Cranky. Males can be aggressive.
    I have had three silkies. Two females and one male. The male was aggressive and attacked my hens and occasionally me. One of the hens, Fredrica, was sweet, easy going, and a wonderful pet. My last hen, Priscilla, was mean, broody, and aggressive to the rest of my flock. I no longer have the birds, one hen was killed by a dog, the other died of a prolapse, and my rooster was so mean that he was butchered. I would try again with these birds, but they just aren't practical. If it rains they gey soaked to the bone. their feathers get dirt easily. And every other month they're broody! A good chicken for those that have the proper pen, and who doesn't mind a broody hen.
  3. Kat's Silly Chickens
    "Silkichin also"
    I think I have 1 exactly like the 1 pictured. Is your's part Silkie/Cochin? I think mine is. Love the name, can I use it for mine?
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  1. Whitney Davis
    I have something like this and she's so sweet and very feisty! So adorable!
  2. Firestone Creek
    I think that some of you overlooked the fact that this says SILKICHIN, not Silky or Silkie, or Cochin. If you have not purchased chickens from me, then you do not have Silkichins. Silkichin roos and hens are not aggressive at all, ever. I have met aggressive silkies AND cochins, but the Silkichin does not have the same characteristic. I have been breeding them for several years now and have never had any problems. Before posting a comment on a breed, please read to make sure you are commenting on the right breed.
    1. GoofyNewt
      Do you still breed them? And if yes are there chicks currently for sale?
      GoofyNewt, Mar 1, 2018
  3. Lilorp14
    he has always been one firs egg gone second third and so on
  4. chickincrazy
    Well, I'm glad you appreciated my review! I was sure people would get mad at me! And cochin gal, I'm not trying to make silkies look bad. I'm just writing about my experiences with the birds. I think I'll stick to Barred Rock Bantams.....
  5. Jewls819
    I have to agree with you. I have 4 silkies two roos and two hens. One of my roos is the devil and flogs me ever chance he gets. My hens are sweet but not yet broody(this is the reason I actually have them. The other roo is sweet though but he has a single comb ;-(. I have come to the conclusion that this breed is just not for me, but my husband loves them..even the Devil like him ..gah. I will stick to my sweet Dominiques. My Dominique roo is my buddy and is a perfect gentlemen with his girls.
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  6. cochin gal
    Im sorry but im one of those people who love these little guys, I have 2 hens.
    I also have Cochins along with 3 other breeds that don't have feathered feet. Cochins require the same attention as the silkies but they are my pets so they are worth it. I have a white cochin hen thats 8yrs old and sooo beautiful with her fluffy feet and butt. The silkies are so
    cute and sweet, just have to kinda brush em like a dog:)
  7. JohnnyHarkerHts
    Nice to hear an opposing view to the usual silkies are angels disguised as chickens type of description. LOL

    While I'm sure they are wonderful, I bet a lot of people who do have them are also very focused on providing the right environment for them so they always look their best similar to show dogs and their owners.

    Unless you're the type of person who loves to indulge a pet, and spend a lot of time making sure they look nice, smell nice as the pictures that induced you to get them, a silkie could be too much effort.

    I'm glad to have read this. I had only read super positive stuff on them, and believed they were as hassle free as they were adorable looking.
  8. duckperson75
    i like the name to I don't know why tho

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