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Silkie Chicken

Silkie Chicken


Other name(s):
 Silky Chicken; Chinese Silkie Chicken; Bearded Silkie; Bantam Silkie; Standard Silkie

Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus

Country / Place of origin: Asia / Netherlands

History: The Silkie Chicken is a small, unique breed of poultry aptly named for its fluffy plumage that is said to feel like silk. Originating in Southeast Asia, most likely in China, sometime before the 1200s, the first written record of silkie chickens comes from Marco Polo, who wrote of chickens with fur-like feathers from his Asian travels in the 13th century. Silkies made their way West via the Silk Route and were officially accepted into the North American Standard of Perfection in 1874. Today, Silkie chickens come in bearded and non-beaded varieties.

Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
exceptional brooders, fluffy feathers, friendliest chicken, fantastic pet chickens, fine show birds
Challenging:
high temperatures, freezing, poor layers, wet weather, predators, blue chicken meat
Interesting:
remarkably fluffy crests, comical way, GREAT GREAT parents, petting, endearing personality
Overall review
  • Currently 100
4.7 (65)
hisfarmgirl
This little chicken is worth her weight in gold as a ...
Review by: hisfarmgirl (36) May 22, 2014 09:44
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
Travis A. Wooten
There are many coloration of silkie chickens. You can...
Review by: Travis A. Wooten (45) May 20, 2014 10:23
  • Currently 100
4.25
1 photo
FishFlavell
My silkie gets on wonderfully well with my other bird...
Review by: FishFlavell (10) May 19, 2014 13:40
  • Currently 100
5.00
2 photos
paintedzipper
Let me start this by saying I have owned a lot of chi...
Review by: paintedzipper (60) May 15, 2014 18:26
  • Currently 100
4.75
1 photo
antiMistake
When I was much younger, we bought two chickens from ...
Review by: antiMistake (6) May 09, 2014 09:43
  • Currently 100
3.25
1 photo
Funny / Heartwarming (1 video)
00:05
Silkie Surf
  • Currently 100
0.0 (0)
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