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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Cute, funny, have a lot of personality, smart as well
Cons - Have to always keep an eye on them when roaming free so they won’t get attack
I have 1 silkie hen & so far she’s the best, she’s super funny & follows me where ever I go, though I have other chickens who try to attack, I’m always with her when I let her out to free roam, they are very sweet as well planning on getting her a new friend, I raised her when she was 3 days old & I enjoyed it, my dogs also love her
Pros - They are very cool looking, and fluffy, and fun to play with!
Cons - They never layed, I had 11 of them and some of them turned out to be roosters and they smelled really bad.
The chickens are overall funny looking and beautiful chickens. The bad side of owning this breed is that they smell VERY horrible. They don't lay and they didn't grow very big within 7 months.
Pros - Ornamental
Easy to pick up
Cons - Vitamin Deficiency
Because they cant fly you have to carefully protect from predators.
They sometimes get picked on by bigger breeds.
Hard to sex until many months old.
Silkies are a fantastic breed. My daughter loves being able to easily pick them up and put them on her lap. My coop is large but they all snuggle together in a little pile at night. They are not flighty. It may be because they have difficulty seeing. Either way it's been a great breed.
Pros - Quiet, easy keepers, friendly, low maintenance
Cons - Don’t handle extreme temps well, prone to mites
I breed silkies and have found that better quality birds have that sweet loving personality. Poorly bred birds tend to be flighty and aggressive. My 6 year old niece can handle all my roosters and they make great fathers even to chicks that aren’t theirs. They aren’t a heavy egg layer tho so definately more of a pet and lawn ornament.
Pros - Cute, fluffy, soft, and highly appealing to children.
Cons - Unfriendly, aggressive.
So far out of 12 Silkies, I've only ended up with one decently personable individual. Everything I'd ever been told about the breed has turned out to be completely false (in my limited experience, at least), much to my disappointment. Cockerels are human AND hen aggressive as all get out. And, as strange as it may sound, I've received some pretty nasty bites from the fluffy little females. Would never recommend anyone I know get a few to fulfill their desires for loving pets. That said, I'll always have some around for aesthetic purposes.
I read this before bringing home my first silkies - great overview of the breed. Thank you!
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.
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.
Cons - None