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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
4.4 (109)
chickenlady
We have had a few silkies, and if there is one thing ...
Review by: chickenlady (4) March 29, 2016 03:19
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo
msscoates
We were given our Silkie chick, "Meg", as a tiny baby...
Review by: msscoates (23) March 17, 2016 18:49
  • Currently 100
3.75
1 photo
crownweb03
We own several Silkie Chickens and have found them to...
Review by: crownweb03 (6) January 19, 2016 11:42
  • Currently 100
3.50
1 photo
Brianne87
You only have to look at these chickens to understand...
Review by: Brianne87 (8) December 30, 2015 03:05
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
SJdeBeer
We had a whole flock of these on the farm. They were ...
Review by: SJdeBeer (9) December 20, 2015 15:21
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
Funny / Heartwarming (1 video)
Silkie Surf
  • Currently 100
0.0 (0)
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