What breed is this? Giant Silkie Breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chicken715, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. chicken715

    chicken715 Hatching

    Jan 12, 2016

    Here's the story. My mom likes to purchase chickens from a few of the local Amish families for meat. On a visit about two years ago, she came back home with about 40 of these "giant silkies". She ended up keeping three roosters and one hen and let them run around the yard. Since I've never seen any silkies this big before, I went back to visit the Amish family my mom purchased these from to get more information on the birds. After a few questions,they said they let me know they no longer have anymore. I asked where they purchased the chicks from and they said from the hatchery but they wouldn't sell anymore of these so they couldn't purchase anymore to raise.

    Does anyone know what breed of chicken this is? Or have any information on these?

    They look exactly like silkies, even have the fourth toe but just a lot larger, definitely not bantam size.

    Why would
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Some poorly bred silkies will be large like that, yours even have a single comb. There is a standard version of the silkie but they are very rare, yours is just a poor example of a silkie, though it's also possible it's a mix breed.
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
  4. PhoenixFan

    PhoenixFan In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2016
    Northern Illinois
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    silkies should have 5 toes not four, and that comb looks like it came from a space alien. US has bantam silkies - other countries have large fowl silkies. But the pictured one is very low quality or mixed with ????

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