Silkie

Average User Rating:
4.37239/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Walnut
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    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:
    Bantam
    APA/ABA Class:
    Feather Legged
    The silkie chicken was developed in the southeast asian countries or china.It was valued as a medicinal food item 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! The breed was officially recognized in North America by acceptance in to the Standard of Perfection in the first year of publication which was 1874.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Walnut
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Chicken lover 123
    5/5,
    "i totally want one"
  2. Silkie nerd
    5/5,
    "I love this breed!"
    Pros - Very docile,awesome at show,and just adorable!
    Cons - Tend to be at the bottom of the pecking order
    I have two amazing silkies that are so sweet and docile And amazing at show I highly recommend them. They are also extremely easy to take care of.
  3. nzchookhaven
    4/5,
    "Cute Wee Hens"
    Pros - Disregarding their reputation as ornamental, my silkie has consistently laid one small egg a day all through Winter when none of my other layer hens were laying. They are friendly and so cute.
    Cons - Easy to startle. Prone to hawk attacks if their enclosure isn't covered. A wee bit shy of humans.
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User Comments

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  1. tigercountry2023
    Silkies are awesome. I had a white one named Salt, and she was the nicest out of all my chickens. Died quite old as well.
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  2. ChickenNoob2
    Ive just moved to Tennessee and am shopping for a bit of land i can have some silkies among other breeds.
    What are some other docile breeds that would be good egg layers that would get along with them?
      Bonnie sue and Yingbabe28 like this.
    1. SkyMarie
      I have orpingtons and they are very gentle as are my dominiquers. Or maybe they are barred rocks, I can't tell the difference! I have mixed silkies with orpingtons with success. I'm in Tennessee too! This is a great climate for these girls.
      SkyMarie, Sep 1, 2017
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  3. shelbyw
    I have a silkie rooster and he is the sweetest rooster I have had :) He also seems very proud of himself at times:D
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  4. Chickie Momma
    Silkies are fabulous pet birds with great personalities!!❤️
      tigercountry2023 likes this.
  5. drumstick diva
    alot of skittish ones - tend to be bullied by other breeds
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  6. Bonnie sue
    I have a all white silky, her name is silky lol.... she is about16wks and has started laying light cream/light brn eggs now. she runs around like wild thing and seems alittle crazy so different from other breeds I have. She has gotten where she is attacking my granddaughter when we go to collect all the hens eggs, not sure why she does this. We held her a lot and still do when we catch her. she so runs from my rooster it is the funniest thing to watch but he keeps going after her. Is there anything that will stop her from attacking her without being mean to silky? more cuddling or ????? thanks guys
      tigercountry2023 likes this.
  7. ChickenNoob2
    Ive just moved to Tennessee and am shopping for a bit of land i can have some silkies among other breeds.
    What are some other docile breeds that would be good egg layers that would get along with them?
      Bonnie sue likes this.
  8. MageofMist
    I had a Silkie hen go broody and she refused to budge off her nest. I had to bring her food and water as well as take her off the nest every 2 days so she could poop. We also treated her to scrambled egg and black pudding to help keep her weight up.

    I gave her water via a large rabbit water bottle, though it dripped so I paid her semi-regular visits, at the times a hen would normally leave to eat and drink, to give her some water. Though there were times she had stubborn streaks and refused to drink from it, so I put some water in a shallow bowl and put some of her favourite wild bird seed mix in it and wriggled it to get her attention, as she pecked at the seeds, she also drank water.

    Now the eggs hatched, I expected to spend weeks getting her out of broody mode, but it only really took 2 days of her being outside in the sun with her mate and being let back in at dusk. Sadly she wasn't a very good mum regarding the chicks and attacks them when they get too close, the babies see me as their mama, especially the two we needed to assist due to humidity issues, and I have been suffering from 'empty nest syndrome' ever since my quail babies grew up! XD So I happily took the babies under my arm/wing.
      Major Champ likes this.
  9. I Love Layers
    Yes they are silkies and everything I wrote is true about them. Raised them as chicks, they were handled quite a bit but not to much.
    @TheTwoRoos and @allosaurusrock please do not assume I did not have adequate living areas or an incorrect area for chicks, I had them in a seperated area in the coop. I let the chicks and broody out under my supervision, none of my bigger hens bug the chicks I have ever had and actually act like second mothers, I looked away for 2 seconds not even kidding and a silkie hen had run over and was killing a chick and I do not mean pecking it once on the head I mean flinging it in the air. At this point the broody called all the chicks under her and as I was trying to grab the silkie hen she started making a huge commotion as always and the other silkie hen comes over and killed another chick. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR THEM TO DO THIS AT ALL
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  10. Bonnie sue
    Well all I figured out what the problem was with my white silky, name silky, lol and why she always ran from the rooster and attacked the other hens, lol she is a rooster, never really paid attention to her feet, silky's have 5 toes but he has 5 and a spurs also his comb goes around his head not straight. I didn't want to believe he was a rooster but when I got him they said that he was a hen and none of the male things were there to tell him apart. I guess its ok now, I do have a lot to learn yet lol, buts that's why were all here together so we can help and learn together. Thanks guys.......

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