Silkies

Very Friendly, Calm, Quiet

Recognized Color Varieties

  • Bearded

    • White​

    • Black

    • Blue

    • Buff

    • Gray

    • Partridge

    • Splash

  • Non-Bearded​

    • White​

    • Black

    • Blue

    • Buff

    • Gray

    • Partridge

Breed Traits

Silkies are known for their unique feathering. Their feathers, except in their primaries, secondaries, legs, toes, and main tail feathers, lack the barbs which hold a feather together, so their feathers resemble human hair more than chicken feathers. They have feathered legs, a large puffed crest, and some even sport full beards. The skin of Silkies is dark purple, with matching combs and wattles, turquoise blue earlobes, and dark gray legs. If that weren’t enough to make them distinct, they have five toes on each foot and their bones are blue!



Silkies are wonderful chickens for a backyard flock, and great for children. They are exceptionally friendly, calm, and easy to handle. They're also considered some of the best mothers, and will go broody quite regularly. ​Some will have difficulty seeing due to their large crests and will remain subdued until they are trimmed. They may have particular trouble with predators as well as disease. 

Breed History

The Silkies are an Asiatic bird that has developed quite extensively since it's time there. In Asia it is believed to be a powerful food for healing and is fed to the elderly to delay dementia, sufferers of diabetes, to increase fertility, and to mothers who are pregnant or suffering from postpartum depression. 

Quick Facts

Peak Egg Production

Poor: Approx 100

Egg Size

Small

Egg Color

Tinted

Tolerant of Confinement

Yes

Cold Hardy

Yes

Heat Tolerant

Yes

Broody

Yes

American Poultry Association

Feather Legged Bantam

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