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Silkie
Black silkie
Country of origin China, possibly India or Indonesia
Breed Info
Varieties Black, Blue, Buff, Gray, Partridge, Splash, White
Recognized by APA Yes, admitted in 1874
Has Bantam Counterpart True bantam
Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)


The Silkie is a very unique breed of chicken is the smallest chicken in the world plumage. Silkies come in a range of colors and are a very popular breed for small scale chicken keepers and showers. Originating from China, these birds have been bred for both good egg laying and meat. They have black skin and bones, and five toes instead of four.

White silkie close-up



TemperamentEdit

Silkies are very docile and tolerant. Hens are renowned for their own egg-sitting ability, and are even known to go broody over golf balls or fake eggs.They will also adopt baby ducks, quail, geese, or other hens' chicks, and are sometimes used to hatch the eggs of rare birds, such as bald eagles, as a part of species rehabilitation programs. They bear confinement relatively well; however like all breeds of chicken, must be allowed to at least nurture their natural instincts. They are often the best choice for people who are new to keeping chickens as pets.

BroodinessEdit

Silkie hens are renowned for their broodiness and egg-sitting ability. These hens will quite often go broody on any egg or even objects that are similar looking, despite a rooster not being present, so it's quite useful to always check for eggs under them, so they do not get spoiled. 

Showing InformationEdit

Silkies are often used in shows, particularly the roosters for their unique differences. They have walnut combs, 5 toes (instead of the usual 4), feathered feet, their unique feathers, black skin and bones, and are crested. This alone gives them a high advantage in shows.

Recognized VarietiesEdit

Currently, the recognized varieties are:

Bearded and Non-BeardedEdit

Black

White

Partridge

Gray

Blue

Splash

Egg ProductionEdit

Silkies tend to lay 3-4 times a week, however each bird varies. Egg color is a cream or tinted color.

Nutritional NeedsEdit

Because of their feathering, silkies have greater nutritional needs. These needs are usually satisfied when they are allowed to wander about the yard; however giving grown hens egg laying feed should suffice otherwise.

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