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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 (86)
sambrooke
Most people with experience buying hatchery birds wil...
Review by: sambrooke (27) updated 16 days ago
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
Lindzey42
We have one Silkie rooster and the rest are hens of a...
Review by: Lindzey42 (3) April 22, 2015 23:08
  • Currently 100
3.75
crichman324
I never had a silkie before, and when I got him he wa...
Review by: crichman324 (4) April 09, 2015 10:27
  • Currently 100
4.25
Grammarist
Silkie bantams, as we call them in Australia, are doc...
Review by: Grammarist (3) April 06, 2015 19:50
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
Zobert
If you want a backyard chicken for eggs, aren't nuts ...
Review by: Zobert (35) March 30, 2015 17:42
  • Currently 100
5.00
Funny / Heartwarming (1 video)
Silkie Surf
  • Currently 100
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