Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown/ white
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Grey, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Buff, Black, White are the standard colors with many off standard & derivative colors in existance today.
    Breed Size:
    APA/ABA Class:
    Feather Legged
    Grey, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Buff, Black, White are the standard colors with many off standard & derivative colors in existance today

    The Silkie breed was developed in the southeast Asian countries or China. It's named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most other chickens only have four. They are often exhibited in poultry shows and come in various colors. It was valued as a medicinal food item in Asia, because of its black skin and bones, and was thought to be particularly good to reinforce body immunity and protect from emaciation and feebleness. It also is reported to treat diabetes, anemia, female reproductive functioning and postpartum disorders. Marco Polo gave the first accounts of Silkie chickens in the late 13th century. As trade route between East and West were established, the Silkie was brought to Europe. Records have shown that in the Netherlands, they were sold as the product of crossing a rabbit and a chicken!

    Nowadays the breed is very popular for the purpose of pet chickens as well as exhibition. They are not good layers, averaging 3 eggs per week, but are known and valued for their exceptional broodiness and are often used for hatching eggs from other breeds. They are also considered very good pet chickens, especially for children and are known for their friendliness and docile temperaments.

    The breed was officially recognized in North America by acceptance into the Standard of Perfection in the first year of publication which was 1874.

    Silkie juvenile

    Silkie chick

    Silkie rooster

    Silkie hen

    For more information on Silkies and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Walnut
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Small/meduim
    Egg Color: Light Brown/white

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile,can be aggressive but usually friendly

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Grey, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Buff, Black, White are the standard colors with many off standard & derivative colors in existance today.
    Breed Details:
    Silkies, later, were most valued for their ability to incubate eggs. They have a habit of going broody more frequently than other breeds and being good mothers. These are a bantam breed in the US of about 2 lbs if meeting the standard. The standard colors are by far not the only colors, just the colors recognized in the standard of perfection, there is also cuckoo, tortoiseshell, calico, paint, lavender and many, many others. Silkies are not as flighty and energetic as other breeds and are far easier to catch and manage. A well bred silkie is a stunning sight to behold. The larger the crest on the birds head and puffs on the cheeks the more difficulty they have seeing in a free range environment. Some careful trimming around and in front of the eyes with scissors a couple times a year takes care of this problem. Take note that the appearance of silkies from hatcheries and from breeders is vastly different. These make ideal pets and projects for children and those that dislike dealing with birds that are rowdy and active. Many silkies of today are being kept as house pets much like rabbits are kept as household pets. Silkies are rather hardy birds tolerating extremes fairly well and should be cared for as one cares for any other chicken. Baths are not required as part of keeping silkies any more or in any circumstance different from any other chicken breed. Baths do tend to make them look fresh, airy and extra fluffy and whether to bathe regularly or not is more a matter of personal preference rather than need. Breeders that have many often don’t bathe unless they are preparing for a show or have a health situation that calls for it, some that keep them for house pets bathe regularly to keep them looking their fluffy best. Roosters DO crow and while not as loudly as some other breeds, they do it with sufficient decibel level to alert neighbors and would not be a good choice where roosters or chickens are not allowed. The roosters in most (but not all) lines tend to be more docile and less intent on aggression then many other breeds, tending to be more laid back. The hens primarily make quiet clucking and cooing sounds to themselves and their friends as they forage and only become loud for a very brief time as they call out an alert to their flock mates if suddenly startled or they detect danger. Generally silkie hens will let you collect eggs from underneath them without aggression or complaint with only the occasional odd hen being willing to go as far as to peck somebody.







Recent User Reviews

  1. NJ_Tara
    "Great Overview!"
    I read this before bringing home my first silkies - great overview of the breed. Thank you!
  2. Bonnie Gruenberg
    "It is like having a Muppet for a pet"
    Pros - Super gentle and calm, talkative and really cute. They dont really need a lot of space. They are great at hatching eggs.
    Cons - They get picked on in a mixed flock. They get messy and matted if not groomed regularly. They are slow, passive and defenseless against predators. Very hard to tell boys from girls until the bird in question crows or lays an egg.
    Silkies are the ideal pet chicken for children. They tend to be very calm, non-aggressive, and vocal. They are also nice ambassador birds for daycare or nursing homes, because they can take a lot of handling without stress. They are not prolific layers except for when they gear up for spring. They can learn to enjoy bathing and blow drying. They do recognize their people and get quite excited when their owners show up. They love people and to be showered with attention. They are easy to hatch and the babies never really go through an awkward dinosaur stage. :)
    Purchase Price:
    Depends on quality
    Purchase Date:
    first silkies 2017
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  3. HappyDancin'
    "Of course I love my silkies!"
    Pros - Fluffy & adorable. Sweet pets and great mothers. Broody.
    Cons - A bit more upkeep, with the silkie feathers and feathered feet. Broody.
    I love my silkies! This is a great chicken as a pet. They don't "need" as much space, and don't care to be up on a roost. They lay cute little cream colored eggs.

    I specifically fell in love with the breed when my smooth silkie became a mother...WOW! She is SUCH a great mom...I've heard over and over that silkies are the best broodies. It's true! She opened my eyes even further to the complexities of chickens. She is so loving...and it's amazing to watch her teach the babies all the little life-lessons they need to know.

    I have two full silkies, and two silkie mixes. Of course, I love them all. My experiences have shown me that Silkies are personable - they want to be close to their people. Sweet, cuddly and soft.

User Comments

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  1. brownie59
    I adore my JoJo
  2. Corys chickens
    I have a silkie and its growing fast
  3. Corys chickens
    I think i am going to buy a silky this friday
  4. Chicksandme
    I love my silkies and they are the sweetest chickens, friendly, cuddly, fun to watch! I have two 3 yr old hen, one is a white paint smooth silkie hen and the other is buff frizzle silkie hen and I love them so much that I might even breed them. I 14 more silkies to my current mix flock in a separate chicken coop/run, anyways I ended up with 4 boys and 10 girls. The sad thing is I have too many boys, I will need to isolate couple of the boys from the girls or find them a new home.:confused: I love my silkies!!!:love
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  5. ChickenGirl.Cluck
    Silkie’s are the best chickens ever
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  6. yardraven
    I am new to Silkies. Great fun. Mad as hatters, very cute, and very friendly. I've kept Jerseys' , Americanas' and Light Sussex. There are always birds more friendly than others, but with the Silkies, almost all are friendly.
      pasuit likes this.
  7. pontserelo
    [MEDIA = youtube] qly1cok5eA8 [/ MEDIA] its very cute breed..i love silkies
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  8. CluckyrulesOK
  9. EllaAndHerChickens
    I got a Silkie chick a couple years ago and my little brother freaked out because it had five toes instead of four like the rest of the chicks we had. I had to explain that Silkies have five toes along with some other breeds.
      pasuit and Thomas Lamprogiorgos like this.
  10. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    The purpose of the breed can't be just ornamental.
    It is one of the best Spring layers.
    The best incubator for quails.
    It produces black meat and bones.
    It can be used in magic potions.
      pasuit likes this.

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