Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silky_3699, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    This information has beened copied off a a few site. so, i hope this information is going to be helpful! if you want to keep it just copy and paste it![​IMG]


    http://threecedarsilkies.webs.com/allaboutsilkies.htm

    The Silkie is a breed of chicken with soft, fluffy plumage and black skin. It is believed that the breed originated in China or Southeast Asia, and one of the earliest references to the Silkie appears in Marco Polo's writings, dating back to the thirteenth century. The breed was recognized in the United States in 1874, and today is one of the most popular show or ornamental breeds of chickens.

    Significance

    The Silkie is most likely the oldest pure breed of chicken in existence today.

    Function

    The Silkie is an ornamental bird, and is not typically prized for its meat because of its black or gray color. However, there is a market for their meat among some Asian cooks as they consider them a delicacy. It is a good egg layer, but not prolific as it has a tendency to become broody. Behaviorally, Silkies are very good mothers, often used for incubating or hatching eggs of other fowl. The saying goes about Silkie hens..."They will hatch anything that comes in a shell".

    Types


    The Silkie is a Bantam chicken, and comes in two varieties, bearded and non-bearded. Additionally, there are several color variants that are common in the breed: black, buff, blue, gray, splash, white and partridge.

    Considerations

    Many believe that they don't do well in extreme temperatures, but this is overstated. They don't mind the cold...as long as they are not wet. Because of the lack of "barbicels" that cause feathers to form in typical chickens, their feathers are not water resistant.

    Silkies are particularly known for their sweet dispositions and affinity for humans. Because of this, they make wonderful pets!

    Features

    All Silkies have five toes. They have a small mulberry colored walnut comb and wattles, turquoise earlobes, black skin and bones, and grayish-black meat. They lay buff- or cream-colored eggs. Their feathers lack barbicels and are similar to down. Because of their fluff rather than feathers, they cannot fly. They tend to prefer to sleep in "silkie piles" on the floor of the coop rather than roost.

    Size


    Silkies hens generally weigh between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 lbs. Roosters are a bit larger at between 2 1/2 and 4 pounds.
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    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Silkies/BRKSilkies.html

    There are lots of pictures of different silkies on this site. it is very informative! Probably you will be silkied out by the time you have seen all the pictures![​IMG]

    This breed was developed in the Orient, probably in Japan. The feathers don't have barbs or quills, and the birds look and feel like Persian cats! Some of the varieties are Black, Blue, Buff, Partridge, Silver-grey and White. Interesting characteristics of the breed are its 5 toes and black skin. They also have walnut combs, which should be a deep mulberry approaching black. Red comb and wattles are disqualifications. Silkie hens are among the best to use as broodies if you want to hatch your eggs out under hens. They make wonderful mothers and I've known a silkie rooster to steal a brood of very young chicks and raise them himself -- this is a very nurturing breed!
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    http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Silkie-Bantam-B100.aspx

    Silkie Bantam

    Of all the ornamental chicken breeds, the Silkie Bantam is one of the most popular and beloved, and certainly one of the most entertaining to watch. Can't you tell why? They're the lap kitty of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament. We have heard it said that Silkies are like a "flock" of kittens... but unlike your other pets, your chickens can actually provide your breakfast! Silkies originated in the Far East, where they are still kept (and eaten) today. They have black skin and bones and 5 toes instead of the normal 4. In addition, Silkie hens make wonderful brooders and mothers, and are even known to adopt baby ducks if given the chance!


    Origins/History


    Class: Feather-legged Bantam
    Type: Bantam
    Size: Bantam
    Rarity: Common
    Purpose: Ornamental
    Recognized Varieties: Bearded & Non-Bearded: Black, White, Partridge, Buff, Gray, Blue


    Egg Facts


    Egg Laying:
    Good (3/wk)
    Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
    Egg Size: Tiny (bantam)


    Fancy Features


    Comb Type: Walnut Comb
    Crested: Yes
    Feathered Legs: Yes
    Number of Toes: 5

    Sutability to Backyard Life

    Hardy In Winter: Yes
    Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well, though no animal should be kept in small area's for long periods of time.
    Especially Docile: Yes
    Setter/Broody: Yes
    Personality: Sweet, tame, mothering.


    Thank You all and i hoped you enjoyed it![​IMG]
     
  2. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
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    Really!?!? I thought someone would have at least commented!?[​IMG]
     
  3. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    Thank you for posting. I am new to the silkie chickens and got one as a gift. Now all I need to know is how to tell if it's a girl or boy. [​IMG]
     
  4. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
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    Quote:i have lots of trouble sexing mine![​IMG]
     
  5. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    when can you tell the difference in sex? what should you look for developing? do males get that 'halo' type fluffy plumage as well as females? do all females develop that plumage? Thanks for the info on the silkie...
     
  6. Christie Loves Silkies

    Christie Loves Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:males combs will start to swell before females and their wattles will start to devlop earlier.

    thier crest will look like the wind is blowing it back.

    Females comb will swell later and their wattles grow, but they will start to show up more when they are older.

    The females crest will start to grow but it will be rounded like a pom pom

    E.g:

    Female:
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    Male:
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  7. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for posting this. [​IMG]
     
  8. Christie Loves Silkies

    Christie Loves Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silky will be glad that he is helping people.
    I'm most likely going to answer the questions when his not online and help with the things he doesnt know much about
     
  9. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:males combs will start to swell before females and their wattles will start to devlop earlier.

    thier crest will look like the wind is blowing it back.

    Females comb will swell later and their wattles grow, but they will start to show up more when they are older.

    The females crest will start to grow but it will be rounded like a pom pom

    E.g:

    Female:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/106490_p1040848.jpg

    Male:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/106490_p1030538.jpg

    is thius male pure bread? all my purebreads do not have this type of comb and is not a usall comb on pure breads so i am guesing its not?
     
  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:males combs will start to swell before females and their wattles will start to devlop earlier.

    thier crest will look like the wind is blowing it back.

    Females comb will swell later and their wattles grow, but they will start to show up more when they are older.

    The females crest will start to grow but it will be rounded like a pom pom

    E.g:

    Female:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/106490_p1040848.jpg

    Male:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/106490_p1030538.jpg

    is thius male pure bread? all my purebreads do not have this type of comb and is not a usall comb on pure breads so i am guesing its not?

    every once in a white silkies well trough single comb here pic og my males comb
    [​IMG]
     

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