Silkie

Average User Rating:
4.36585/5,
  • 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. Brahma Chicken5000
    5/5,
    "Silkies"
    Pros - Very friendly, docile, good layer, broody
    Cons - Small eggs, broody, may be picked on by large fowl chicken breeds
    I loved my silkies. My black silkie pullet would lay a small tinted egg almost every day and she was so sweet. My black silkie cockerel was great at alerting the flock to potential predators and he was never human aggressive. I would recommend silkies to anyone who has young children, someone with limited space, someone who isn’t picky about the amount or size of eggs, or just as a breed to have. Silkies are great little lovable bundles of joy. A word of caution though: I have heard of people keeping large fowl and bantams together without incident, but I personally didn’t and when I would let both of my small flocks out one of my leghorn pullets would challenge my black silkie cockerel. Also silkies have a vaulted skull and if they get pecked on the head it can cause problems.
  2. m1chelle1
    3/5,
    "Not as friendly as their reputation"
    Pros - Small, easy to maintain, cute
    Cons - not very friendly
    I think of slikies as "pet chickens", as they aren't excellent layers, they lay small eggs, they are too small to use for meat, and they are so unique looking and soft. I had a few, and they just weren't very friendly even tho I gave them the same attention as my other hand raised birds. It may have been just the kind of silkie, im not sure. My orpingtons were much friendlier, and docile. Id recommend them any day as a pet chicken over silkies. Just my 2c
    Purchase Price:
    $15
  3. Ashley Hutsell
    3/5,
    "Cute, but need a lot of extra care"
    Pros - Smallish, fun to look at, goes broody constantly if you need her to incubate other chickens' eggs. Quiet and incredibly docile. Would be great as a pet for kids.
    Cons - Fuzzy feathers get dirty easily, be prepared for eye problems and leg mites. Don't lay themselves at all. Need extra care in cold weather. Not very intelligent or sociable. The opposite of a utility bird.
    I got my first silkie over a year ago and we won't be buying another after her. She's had an ongoing problem with scaly leg mites and her fluffy legs are difficult to treat. I've also noticed she stays dirtier than our chickens with regular feathers and needs more bathing. Because of their facial fuzz it's also easy for them to get eye infections that you'll have trouble noticing. Can become essentially "blind" if you don't keep their head fuzz trimmed away from the eyes and will have trouble finding food, because of the fluff.

    Could just be our silkie, but they seem like loners, almost like a different species of bird, and the other chickens aren't very friendly towards her. She roosts alone and on cold nights we have to pick her up to put her in the warm coop with the other hens. Just a very weird bird that needs a ton of upkeep, and not really my favorite.
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  1. Sevanson Woods
    Weird....but some really are anomalies. I had that problem with my sebrights. I hand raised them, socialized them, but when they became old enough for mating, my sweet little banty roos became little devils...pecking at me whenever they got the chance, trying to challenge & chase me (or anyone)-especially if I wore bright colors, loose clothes, or scarf, they were like little bulls-while the same little hens were as sweet as sugar. Anyway, I put the baddest boy in solitary confinement...(alone in a big dog kennel)...til I figured out what to do with him (I considered a stew pot but prefer vegetarian). Anyway, I began taking him out & holding him regularly, giving treats by hand, but at the first aggressive peck/or challenge, he'd get put right back (gently) in the kennel...Never hurting, scaring, or being rough with them-as (not unlike children) that would only traumatize, stimulate their defenses, & encourage more bad behavior. Believe it or not, after a month or two, he was fine. In fact, if he ever got picked on by the bigger roos while they re-acclimated, he'd run to me for protection. Then, a couple months later I went out of town, for about three weeks, & had an experienced family regularly looking in on them & collecting their eggs. By the time I returned, I found that not only had the banty roos returned to their aggressive behaviors but now my big sweet Orpington roo had become a big monster as well; & some of my "cuddle muffin" hens had now become aloof & much more timid. Now, they don't seem to have much memory capability, need frequent socialization/human interaction, but I do believe there could be much psychology going on as well. I'm no animal behaviorist, but do wonder if there's any chance someone (especially kids) may have been rather loud, scary, or too rough with yours? It's amazing how much an effect we can have on them, how much they can effect one another, & how different their own individual personalities can be. Anyway, hope it gets better.
  2. kajira
    Also - my Silkie(s) average 4-6 eggs a week, same with my cochins. When they are broody, they go broody for 3-4 months if I don't break them of it.
  3. TheTwoRoos
    You ha dno busimess putting thw chicks in with grown hens,this can happen with any chciken flocl.My guess is uou were having some space probs or soemthing,I have never raised silkies but know from reviwes and comments, this is not to be expected from silkied.
  4. Mylied
    Wow. I agree with the other comments. I am surprised your silkies acted like that. Mine are sweet and calm. Even the rooster is not mean or aggressive. I'm sorry for your bad experience, but maybe you could try again with silkies from a different source.
  5. kajira
    I'm SHOCKED that you left a review that sounds like this. My silkies are the gentlest, sweetest chickens ever, and my rooster is so kind and gentle with all the girls.
  6. Minnowey
    They are like muppets![​IMG]
  7. RockNSuccess
    I Love Layers,

    I am really surprised reading your review. I have Silkies because of my son and I can't keep the darned things from going broody; and they aren't even being bred! They will just sit and sit and sit! They steal other hens' eggs to sit on too. The only time mine act snippy is when I take their eggs away, then they puff up and hiss and squawk at me. LOL Like I said, I only have them because my son wanted them otherwise they wouldn't be around. My husband calls them "assisted living animals"; meaning they don't contribute anything to the farm. To me they are just lawn ornaments. They remind me of Muppets.
  8. Little Fuzzy
    So funny you said that because my one Silkie is the boss. She gets right in there to get her share of the food, She is the only one that will fly up and peck my Great Dane on the nose, so funny. Call me crazy but I also think my Silkie knows her name!!
  9. kajira
    I love our silkies too!
  10. Table4Six
    I agree. I would give the breed 10 stars.

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