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Silkie

Average User Rating:
4.36207/5,
  • 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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Lauren Kim and Silkie nerd like this.

Recent User Reviews

  1. GldnValleyHens
    4/5,
    "Silkies are awesome"
    Pros - Adorable, gentle, super funny to watch, friendly, good mothers
    Cons - like most ornamentals, not good layers, get cold easily
    We had a Paint Silkie rooster named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Amadeus for short. We got him for free from a local silkie breeder who had too many roosters. He was an awesome chicken! Everyone loved him and guests were wowed over him. When he ran through the yard skipping and hopping in that hilarious way, we laughed so hard. He was pretty good to his girls, but not very successful at mating with them. I don't know if he ever actually succeeded in fertilizing a hen, but I think he did. He wasn't a protective rooster, but looked after himself first, but over all a Silkie is a chicken worth having.
    Amadeus was killed this March in a storm, and his presence is sorely missed. For some reason he never returned to the coop one night, and I locked things up, making the horrible assumption that he was inside n his special roost. The severe rain and cold killed him we are guessing. [​IMG]But we are getting another silkie, and hopefully another silkie rooster as well.
    Overall:
    4.5
    hookjaw likes this.
  2. CascadiaRiver
    3/5,
    "Not for free ranging, good for cute pets!"
    Pros - friendly, soft, small, colorful, interesting
    Cons - Can broody to death, cannot see up, can get very dirty!
    They make good mothers but they can be so good that sometimes they can forget to eat or drink.... be careful!
    Overall:
    3.5
  3. Mylied
    5/5,
    "Love them!"
    Pros - fluffy, cute, friendly, small, docile, goes broody
    Cons - easy target for predators, low heat tolerance
    I love my fluffy little silkie. I currently only have one silkie hen, but I have had a few in the past. They are sweet as pie birds, even the roosters I've had. They make good mothers. They lay decently in my opinion. Every other day or so I get an egg. They did take a long laying break in winter.

    The bad side is they need to be provided relief from the heat and I'm in Georgia. They need shade, lots of cool water, and maybe even a fan if you can provide it. They are also not too fast and not too bright, so an easy target for predators unless they are locked up.

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    Overall:
    5
    Holy Chickens and hookjaw like this.

User Comments

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  1. darkbluespace
    Sometimes silkies can't see well if their crest is too big. She may just need a little trim around the eyes and then her "IQ" may improve. It is nice for a Silkie to have a Silkie friend when they don't fit in well with the rest of the flock.
  2. Cluckcluck1215
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  3. babychicks7
    aw they are so cute!! we have a silkie rooster that was given to us he watches out for the hens he is with and shows the big roosters who is boss!!
  4. Clems Girls
  5. Chickie Newbie
    That is adorable. I have a buff silkie bantam hen, Goldie, and she is really, really cute, but now she's very broody and with no roosters, I'm trying to keep her out of the nest box. She is by far my most determined girl. I guess I'll have to get a broody cage to help her change her mind. I haven't had to do that with my full size hens so far. Wish me luck.
  6. Clems Girls
    thanks so much! the two pics above are actually Laté (deceased) and then Clem our roo @lin04
  7. lin04
    I loved your story about your lovebirds...... and your new hens are beautiful!
  8. clownychick
    ;-) well, the one good thing is that he would sit so still once you had him up in your lap, it was pretty easy to trim really close to the eye without too much fear of poking an eyeball. i had him wrapped in a towel though just in case. but it definitely helped! no more feathers poking him in the eye. good luck with yours!
  9. dragonbird
    Oh my gosh he sounds like he was a hoot! So sorry for your loss! I haven't tried trimming their eyeball fluff yet...I've been planning on it, just haven't gotten around to it yet. :)
  10. clownychick
    bwaahAHAHAHA!! oh man, thank you for the laugh. I got a silkie roo free from a neighbor not really knowing what I was getting (I'd just had a predator attack and decided I needed a roo; neighbor had 2 and was only too happy to let me have one)... you summed him up perfectly: the fluffiest, cutest, DUMBEST little peckerhead EVER! Even his crowing was ridiculous! Neighbors had thought he was a pullet, so they'd called him Penelope...I renamed him Mr. P. As in, I pity the fool predator who messes with my hens! ..except, not so much. Mr. P was beyond fool himself. The first thing I did actually, was sit down with a pair of manicure/cuticle scissors and give him a face/eyeball trim so he could SEE. That helped quite a bit, but he'd still peck at any shoe that came near him (and try to mount it). And when the hens would make their alien buzzwhistle 'Uh-oh Predator!' alarm noise & stand stock still being wary, he's be dingling around, pecking your shoes, wandering here & there. SO DUMB! but oh-so-flufferly, and so calm & happy to be carried around once you got him off your shoe... He lasted maybe all of a week, wandered off & got snatched by something. My husband says he was the best chicken we ever had. I'll say he was definitely the most entertaining.

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