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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
4.5 (81)
auroradewater
I only got these chickens because of the feathers not...
Review by: auroradewater (30) 16 days ago
  • Currently 100
1.50
aqualife1000
Originally I acquired this breed for my daughter. She...
Review by: aqualife1000 (32) updated 26 days ago
  • Currently 100
1.00
1 photo
Carla_Frost
I was offered a pair of Silkies by a friend and was a...
Review by: Carla_Frost (2) January 27, 2015 10:51
  • Currently 100
4.25
1 photo
bayoubasil
I am a homeschool teacher for my three kids. For scie...
Review by: bayoubasil (15) January 20, 2015 19:47
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
Khennricks
Growing up on our "mini farm", we had many types of a...
Review by: Khennricks (8) January 08, 2015 22:56
  • Currently 100
2.50
1 photo
Funny / Heartwarming (1 video)
Silkie Surf
  • Currently 100
0.0 (0)
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