Silkie

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.
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
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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.
Pros: Gorgeous, docile, friendly, extremely broody, fluffy, cute crow, protective over their own, great with kids, great for 1st time chicken owners, hardy, can withstand cold weather.
Cons: In my experience, the roosters can be very aggressive towards other roosters, especially smaller, weaker ones.
Overall an excellent choice. I have small children and they are able to hold my silkies and pet them. They make the perfect pet. My roo, Romeo, sleeps with my cat, Jasmine, in our garage every night. If you're looking for a fun, fluffy, cute, friendly pet or if you need a broody hen to hatch your eggs, no matter what breed, then you've got to get a silkie!!!
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Purchase Price
5-10
Purchase Date
October 2017
Pros: Adorable, great conversation pieces, children love them and they tend to like kids, typically quiet, easily tamed
Cons: Don't usually lay many eggs, can be susceptible to cold due to feather type and small size
I haven't actually met many of the "bantam" Silkies as most of the ones I've had were of the "meat type" which actually does exist, surprisingly enough. Most of my Silkies have been comparable in mass to Leghorns (technically a large fowl at 4 pounds) or even Plymouth Rocks and other dual-purpose breeds. My heaviest rooster right now is probably one of the Silkie guys even though I've got a half-Marans head rooster (probably 7 lbs but he might surprise me if I actually weighed him). All of mine were purchased as "bantams" from various feed stores.

I've never had a Silkie hen go broody. I'm possibly the only person who's never experienced the famed broodiness of Silkies, but I'm sure my current lone pullet will rear her broody head this spring. However, for now, the Silkie pullet is actually my best layer and gives me one tinted (little darker than cream colored) medium sized egg almost every day. She's a darling, quiet bird who gets picked on by my old-timers and more assertive birds, and this has been typical of all Silkies I've met--regardless of size or gender.

Crests can impair vision and cause the bird to not notice threats or to become startled easily. Crests also serve as a hotbed for lice, so check them often. My Silkies have all been fastidious groomers and love dustbaths, so I've yet to have any problems with lice on them, but others aren't so lucky.

Their feathered legs can make treating for mites more difficult, and may cause mud and water to freeze on them and cause frostbite. Try to keep their ground as dry and clean as possible.

Roosters can be surprisingly gentle with chicks in my experience. All of mine have been dolls with chicks. I've yet to meet a mean one, even though I've heard of a couple out there. All of mine have been at worst skittish creatures who are afraid of being picked on, but they've universally responded very well to gentle handling and treats. Children love meeting Silkies, which are about the most interesting and adorable chicken breed one can find.

Silkie crosses with normally feathered birds typically yield birds with very soft feathers and dark skin. Polydactyly is often a dominant trait (depends on what causes it) so expect extra toes to crop up in offspring.
Purchase Price
4.00
Purchase Date
2015
Pros: -As a breed overall, they are the most docile by nature.
-Hens lay at least 100 eggs a year.
-Are very good in containment.
-Favorite pet chicken.
-Are adorable as heck.
Cons: -The hens go broody often, laying not many eggs as a result.
-They are a bantam breed, and a small one at that, not providing much meat.
-Are really only useful as a pet, or as a hen to use when an incubator is not an option.
Overall, Silkies are a good chicken to have if you hold no incubators, those incubators are busy, or if you need a friendly chicken to enjoy.
I also give this review to just share some general information for future Silkie farmers.

The roosters' temperament is very docile, them attacking things have often originated from the normal rooster response to defend the hens, or to check on the flock every now and again.

They are not very flighty, and their feathers do not trap heat, keep heat out, or shed water. Due to that, they do not do well in extreme climates, both cold or hot.

I believe that the Silkie hens are of most use if you want to raise other birds for it to take care of. They are VERY broody, often regarded as one of the broodiest breeds of chickens, and are often foster mothers for other eggs from other hens. They are eggselent mothers! The roosters are great too, as they normally do not cause many problems within the flock.
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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.

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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.
Purchase Price
5
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.
Purchase Price
25
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!
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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.

Pros: Fluffy birds, fun personalities, great brooders, sweet roosters
Cons: Difficult to upkeep white birds, prone to mites
When I first got into poultry, I bought a bunch of silkie chicks from a hatchery. They were a delight to have. I currently own some show silkies, white. They have great personalities, each one is different. Some absolutely love to be held and coddled (they will search you out and bug you until you do), and I have had some roosters defend my from my aggressive leghorn and plymoth rock roosters.

They lay decent sized bantam eggs, and lay frequently...but they go broody so quickly that there isn't much egg production. On the bright side, they are great broody mothers (I use mine to hatch Japanese bantams and wyandottes. )

Since I show my silkies, I can say that it is somewhat difficult to prep them for a show. Some silkies tend to get dirty butts, and their leg feathers collect all kinds of gross stuff. Their feathers tend to yellow if exposed to sunlight for too long. When at the shows, you need to blow dry the chickens to make them "fluffier".

It's also important to keep in mind that if you live in an area/having a bad year with mites, silkies are prone to mite infestation. Once silkies have them, it takes forever to get rid of, and truly ruins their feather quality until their next molt. Also note if that beautiful head of feathers gets ripped out/damaged in some way, they very rarely grow back the same way, and won't be as cushion-y and full.

Overall, this is a fun breed to have (and make great land gnomes, which is what I use my lower quality birds for). It can be a bit challenging to own in terms of maintenance, but they make up for it in other ways.
Pros: None
Cons: Aggressive, kill chicks. noisy, obnoxious, and do not live up to the expectation
I absolutely hate them!!
I got them for hatching eggs, never went broody in 2 years.

I was fine with them not going broody as they turned out smaller then expected. But they lay probably 50 eggs a year each not even. The rooster is aggressive and obnoxious. The hens have killed chicks and constantly make noise and chase the other hens around.

Never again will I get silkies
Pros: Friendly, cute, big personalities, smart (too smart sometimes), lots of entertainment
Cons: Bossy, slow to mature, difficult to gender
I love these little guys even if they can be a tad bit bossy which I am not sure if it is common or just my little group but when it comes to food and treats they get bossy and pushy with each other, other animals,and even people. Not aggressive, just go after all the food. I have had pizza snatched from my hands twice now by one of my puffballs.Their cuteness and sweetness and social dispositions far outweigh that however. They are sweet and curious making them fantastic pets but hard to gender and slow to mature. I'm alright with that since they were bought for pets and as the safe chickens for my little niece who loves them and honestly I love them too. They are so smart and all know their names and for whatever reason have gotten into the habit of picking shavings out of their own water which is pretty interesting. They are little comedians too who enjoy spending their time with their humans.
Pros: Calm,affectionate,docile,easily handled,beautiful,make terrific pets and Great mothers
Cons: None!
Silkie chickens are one of the most sweetest chickens you"ll ever interact with. They are not "flighty" or "skittish", instead they will give no hesitation whenever being handled by anyone! I have received so many positive comments from many of my friends and family about my silkie chickens. They are MUST HAVE in any chicken flock; I highly recommend you get some especially if your looking for a hen to raise some chicks or as just pets!
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