If you like a unique looking chicken, Showgirls may be the breed for you. Showgirls are a recent creation, becoming increasingly popular in the last ten years or so. They are generally the result of crossing Transylvanian Naked Necks / Turkens to Silkies. The Turken is used in the first generation to incorporate the incompletely dominant Naked Neck gene into the breeding program, then for multiple generations continue by crossing the Naked Necked chicks back to Silkies to improve type. The goal is usually a bird that is essentially a Silkie but with a naked neck (and perhaps with bowties and/or beards). Like Silkies, the Showgirl hens are very broody and exceptional mothers, and they are often used to hatch the eggs of other breeds. Showgirl females are usually very calm, sweet and gentle birds, they usually make excellent pets, especially for children. Because of their gentle nature Showgirls may not do well in mixed flocks with breeds that have a more aggressive temperament. Their silkied feathers make them vulnerable to extreme cold, especially in wet weather, the feathered feet also require some care. They generally are not very predator aware, do not do well free ranging, and should be kept in a fenced in area. Like Silkies they are usually five toed, dark skinned, and have a walnut comb. They come in many colours, white probably being the most popular. Details: Breed purpose: Ornamental, Broody Comb Type: Walnut Broodiness: Frequent, very good mothers. Climate Tolerance: Silkied feathers make them vulnerable in cold and wet weather. Weight: Varies, usually bantam to small standard size, 5lbs. Egg Productivity: Poor Egg Size: Small Egg Colour: Tinted / light brown Gave you a selection of pics to pick from, interesting as they are Pic by @debs_flock Pic by @jenifern Pic by @spowell Pic by @TNBarnQueen Pic by @taprock Pic by @magikchick Pic by @jlynn Pic by @CliffB BYC Breed reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/showgirl General breed discussions & FAQ thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/416003/showgirl-thread-for-posting-pictures-and-discussing-breed/0_20 Do you own Showgirls? Are you a Showgirl breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!