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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
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.
Pros - Good Mummies, They Love A Cuddle, They Looks So Cute, Calm Natured.
Cons - Cant think of any.
My slikie hens have all made good little mummies.
My silkie cockerel is a massive show off & LOVES attention off all my hens.
I have a red little silkie hen she loves a cuddle and for u to rub the back of her head she lies there and falls asleep lol.
A great starter chicken if your just getting into them or just a great over all chicken for anyone who likes them, il always have silkies there AMAZING Xx
Pros - Broody, unique feather structure, friendly, small
Cons - Not a great egg layer, broody
We have had a silkie hen for about a month and half now, and I have loved having her. She is pretty easy to catch and hold, and is at the top of the pecking order in her mini flock of three standard size pullets of various breeds. Not laying yet, but hasn't gone broody either.
Pros - Very gentle to each other, almost harmless, very kind, calm, quiet, beautiful, adorable, fluffy, funny, very good mothers.
Cons - Can be easily bullied by other birds so it's best to raise them alone, not very good for free ranging because they are unaware of predators.
I had 4 silkie chicks at the age of 4 months, i added to their group 2 silkie at the age of 1 month and they were very kind to them and cuddled with them during the night, they are very loving and peaceful, calm and quiet birds, with a very unique look.
Pros - So adorable, soft, friendly, tame
Cons - Easily bullied by others, very prone to predators if left to free range, even during the day
Everybody seems to love Silkies because they are so soft and fluffy. We've had five and they've been hard to keep since our other hens tend to bully them. I'd get more only if I could keep them separate or had 5+ bantams. The one we have now has laid maybe two eggs in over ten months.
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. But we are getting another silkie, and hopefully another silkie rooster as well.
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!
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.