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Growing up on a farm and helping to manage her and her husband's homestead, Cindy has a wealth of knowledge to share with others.

The Silkie—sometimes spelled “Silky"—is a very small (usually 1.5 to 3.5 pounds) and unusually unique chicken. It is named for its fluffy—or should I say furry or hair-like—plumage that is sometimes described as feeling like silk.

Silkies are so unusual that they have been described as the "poodles of the chicken world." The scientific name for the Silkie is Gallus domesticus. Other names for the Silkie are Chinese Silkie chicken, Bearded Silkie, or Bantam Silkie.

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The Silkie's Origins

The Silkie chicken is thought to have originated from Southeast Asia before the 1200s. In the 13th century, Marco Polo made mention of a chicken with fur-like feathers and black skin, obviously referring to these unusual birds.

This breed of chicken gradually made its way to North America and, in 1874, was officially accepted into the North American Standard of Perfection. There are 6 standard (acceptable) colors accepted by the American Bantam Association: black, blue, buff, white, partridge, splash, and gray. Other Silkie colors that are also popular (although not accepted as standard) are red, lavender, porcelain, and cuckoo. Because of their many unique characteristics, Silkies are considered to be an ornamental breed.

Silkie Bantam chickens are an incredibly unique breed of chicken, adorned with more fancy features than any other breed.

Why Are Silkie Feathers So Soft?

Their feathers do not have barbs holding the strands together, so they form many individual silky strands. This gives them their fluffy appearance and their silky softness. Some people say that the Silkie's feathers "feel just like angora fur."

Silkies also have quite a few feathers growing down their legs and over their middle toe. Unfortunately, their plumage can easily become waterlogged because the water doesn’t run off their feathers, therefore, they cannot swim.

Non-bearded and Bearded Silkie

Unique Physical Characteristics of the Silkie Chicken

  • Wattles: The non-bearded Silkies have larger wattles than the bearded ones, and the cock’s wattles are larger than the hen’s. (The wattle is the fleshy appendage below the beak at the throat.) The bearded Silkie, both cock and hen, have very small wattles. They are called bearded because they have a full and fluffy beard of feathers around the bottom of their beak. This beard also hides their distinctive blue earlobes.
  • Feathery Crest or Topknot: Bearded and non-bearded Silkies have a feathery crest, or topknot, on the top of their head. They also have a comb (a fleshy area on top of the head). The Silkie's comb is different from most other chickens in that it resembles a wart-like lump on its forehead, rather than the spiky one that most chickens sport.
  • Dark Skin, Meat, and Bones: Silkies also have dark blue/black skin, meat, and bones. And unlike most chickens, they have 5 toes on each foot (most chickens only have 4).

Interesting Facts About the Silkie

They produce fewer eggs than most other breeds, averaging 90-120 per year. Their eggs range in color from white to light brown. Because they are so broody, they make excellent setters and are often used to hatch other breeds’ eggs.

Silkies are calm, trusting, friendly, and docile. Because of their temperament and because they’re flightless, they are often kept as family pets. Silkies can become quite affectionate, but do require frequent, gentle handling at first to socialize them to their “humans."

Silkie Chicks Look Like Any Other Chick ... maybe a little fluffier!

An Enchanting Breed of Chicken

Despite their fragile appearance, Silkies are a very hardy breed of chicken and generally have a lifespan of about 9 years.

Silkie meat is considered a delicacy in China. It has also been coveted for its medicinal value since the seventh or eighth century. Chinese women who have just given birth believe that eating it will give them energy. The Chinese also believe that ground-up Silkie bones have special healing powers.

Magical powers or not, the Silkie certainly has the ability to enchant.

Ornately colored and covered in fluffy, silk-like feathers, Silkie chickens are among the most beautiful of the chicken breeds and provide companionship, top-quality eggs, and the opportunity to show them at poultry shows.

© 2011 Cindy Murdoch

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 17, 2020:

Mainul Haque, I am not sure what you are asking for. Please tell me more.

Mainul Haque on August 30, 2020:

I like shilkie chicken birds. Please sealer information.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Now I'm wondering, Taylor, did your mother let you get one. They even make diapers for chickens so you can let them loose in the house without worrying about the mess.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks, Diane.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Yes, hi. You can eat their eggs. They are smaller than a small chicken egg, but safe to eat.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

I am not sure about the laws in Singapore. Contact a company that sells them and ask, Reagan.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by, Summer!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

I agree, Ken. Thanks for stopping by.

taylor on April 07, 2020:

I'm trying to get my mom to let me have a silkie, this really helped my research. thank you very much!

Diane on September 05, 2019:

Great info on bearded silkies

hi on April 15, 2019:

can i eat there eggs

Reagan on April 24, 2017:

I live in Singapore. Is there anyway that i can buy some silkie chickens as pets?

Summer on April 19, 2017:

I used to have two Silkie chickens but they had natural blue fur around their face!!! Soo cute!

ken myles on March 27, 2017:

silkies are awesome :) ;)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 06, 2013:

Must have been quite a handsome visitor!

EW on October 06, 2013:

We have a small backyard flock with 15 hens and some chicks that were just hatched by one of hens a month ago we had a visiting rooster for a couple days. Then we had a broody hen who we just let sit we ended up with five chicks. Well today my kids were going crazy outback and came in and got me because we had a mutant chicken in our backyard. Thanks to this site I now know about silkies and a little more about our visitor.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on November 24, 2012:

don M - I am not sure if he would have spurs or not, but I would think that he should be looking like a rooster by now. You might want to contact the seller.

don M on November 22, 2012:

I have three white silkies hatched feb.11 One is bearded and the seller said the bearded one h is a cock. He is a little the largest ybut has no characteristics of a cock.Snould he have spurs or any way to tell?

holly on November 18, 2012:

good facts but what do you feed there chicks.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 08, 2012:

Angela Rae - they are very good brooders, and they will accept any egg they can sit on. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Angela Rae on July 08, 2012:

I love all my chickens, but my silkies have a special place in my heart. They are great brooders and have hatched several eggs that weren't even theirs. They are also good mothers;)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on June 21, 2012:

erinanderson777 - many chickens have problems with heat. One of the chickens best suited for heat is the turkin. It actually has a lot less feathers than most chickens. I wrote a hub about them as well. But as cute as the silkie chickens are, the turkins are pretty ugly. There is a cross of the two called a show-me silkie which is pictured in this article. Towards the bottom of this hub, https://discover.hubpages.com/animals/10HomesteadC... , is a breed selection tool that might help you find the perfect chicken for you.

erinanderson777 on June 21, 2012:

QUESTION- I really want to get some of these amazing chickens in the future- I wanted to see if anyone knew how well they do in warmer climates? We will be moving to Bermuda where the weather in the summer can be pretty hot and humid... but the winters are nice and cool..

Thank you very much!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on February 10, 2012:

AudreyHowitt - I have to agree with you. They really are. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Audrey Howitt from California on February 10, 2012:

They are so cute!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 05, 2012:

Eddy - thanks so much for stopping by! These chickens are really unusual, but I still have not talked my husband into letting me have one. Best to you!

Eiddwen from Wales on January 05, 2012:

I have seen many of these but didn't know too much about them.

This hub is great and I award it an up up and away.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 12, 2011:

ktrapp - yep! Sent him through just for you! I did enjoy writing that one, and taunting my husband!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 12, 2011:

Oops. Sorry I just saw that cute guy on my feed again. He goes with the saga of the silkie chicken - quite a funny hub!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 12, 2011:

I think you're thinking of a different silkie article. I'll send it through in a minute. I haven't changed any of the pics.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 12, 2011:

You changed your first picture. I liked seeing that white silky guy on my feed everyday. He made me smile, but the feathers do remind me of him :)

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 12, 2011:

a pooperatzi

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 12, 2011:

I really don't know .... and .... I'm almost scared to ask!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 12, 2011:

What do you call a silkie chicken with a camera?

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 12, 2011:

Cute! (smiling)

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 12, 2011:

It was not HENtentional!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 11, 2011:

davenmidtown - don't get so cocky!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 11, 2011:

ROFL... not the silky's... the Bantums

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 11, 2011:

davenmidtown - I'm thinking these chickens are too prissy to swagger.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 11, 2011:

Banty's are pretty good too... lots of swagger in those chickens.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 22, 2011:

@thisspice - thanks for the comment. I'm still trying to talk my husband into letting me get one. He thinks that they are just to ornamental - in his lingo - not a logical choice for a chicken. But I'll keep trying...

@cloverleaf - They are really cute! I'll just keep working on the hubby! Don't stress too much about the chicken, I try not to think about it.

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 22, 2011:

Hi homesteadbound, I have never heard of Silkie Chickens before! You have taught me something new. The fluffy White Silkie in your first picture looks so cute I'm almost feeling guilty that I ate chicken for lunch :(

Cloverleaf

thisspice from Asheville, NC on August 22, 2011:

I owned silkies for many years. They actually make wonderful pets and got along great with my dog too. They laid eggs which were great to eat, and also picked through the yard for bugs and such. They were also very docile and I was able to hold them and pick them up and put them in my lap to pet, like any other domestic animal. Great article!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 21, 2011:

Samhirata-I have been trying to talk my husband into letting me get one too, because I think they are so cute. You can read those conversations in two other hubs:

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

samhirata on August 21, 2011:

I never knew there were any other types of chicken out there! Would love to learn about others now. My goal in life is to have my own farm- might have to buy a Silkie or two...Although I prefer to eat my chickens.


How to Take Care of your Silkie Chickens

The silkie breed is one of the best and unique breeds in the chicken kingdom. Therefore, they need extra-special care.

They are also one of the most entertaining birds to watch. However, if you need to raise some of these beautiful birds, then you must know the steps for taking proper care of silkie chickens. So, let’s properly get into the various things we can use to provide care for silkie chickens.

Housing

Shelter is very important for our silkie pets you have to get a cage for them. You should decide where you want to keep them, whether inside or outside. You can make a movable cage, so that you can move them outside during the day, or if you want you can make two cage for them, one inside and one outside. The choice is yours, but just know that keeping them outside during the day keeps them healthy. Infact this is one of the important tools you must have before before bringing your pets home.

The silkie birds are very small so they will not occupy so much space, however it is still important to get them, depending on how many you want to keep, a comfortable house. You will enjoy them more when they are relaxed. But if they are not, it affects their personality and behavior. Another thing you must take note of is that the house should be spacious, in other to enable you clean it very well, collect eggs and also monitor your chickens.

Bedding

Silkie chickens need bedding, so it’s very important that you get them one. Actually, every chicken needs bedding. There are different types of bedding, all of them are good but you just have to choose the one you like. Some bedding is made of wood shavings, straw, sawdust, hay, sand, newspaper shredding and a lot more.

Personally, I prefer wood shavings, which is also what I use for my silkie birds. They absorb their droppings and reduce the smell. So, I prefer it to others but my choice might not be yours. So, check the one that is suitable for you and your pets.

Feeder and Waterer

Having adequate feeders and containers for their water is also important. Get fancy and good-looking feeders and waterer. This will help attract them to eat a lot and also drink enough water to reduce dehydration. If your pets don’t feed well they will become weak. They need their immune strong. Don’t just use any kind of feeder or container in your house to feed them. Go get a good one for them from the store.

Their Feed

Please avoid feeding them with just anything. Prepare special and nutritious feed for them. There are various types of feed. These feeds are available for different purposes – of course depending on your purpose for keeping them.

If you want them to be good layers feed them with layer pellets when they start laying. If you keep them for meat, then provide them with broiler starter not chick starter. That is why I insist you don’t feed them carelessly, be careful on the kind of feeds you give them.

Since we are discussing keeping them as pets, you must know that their best feed is meal worm. You can’t feed them just anything they can eat things like fish, cucumber, cooked eggs, rice, cooked potato, watermelon and any edibles, so that they don’t get subjected to some physical conditions.

You can also feed them with layer pellet and normal chicken feed, it will keep them simple and balanced as lovable pets. Please don’t forget to feed them grit. It is a vital feed for them, because it helps them digest their food. Provide them enough water and please ensure they drink enough water to avoid dehydration.

Good Environment

If you care about your pets you must create the right environment for them. Naturally they don’t like wet weather so learn to keep them in dry places. Make sure the cage where you keep them is always clean and swept. This even helps you as well, because, when they are safe, you are also safe from diseases. You can get infected by your pets if they are not healthy, therefore a healthy environment for your silkies provides a healthy living for you.

Hmm! I know you are marveled already, but this is not all, there are so many other reasons why you would want to keep silkie breeds as pets. Now let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages of keeping silkie as pets.

Disadvantages of Keeping Chicken As Pets

Everything has advantages and also disadvantages and some, if you want to keep silkies as pets please here are some disadvantages of keeping them. It’s important you know so that you can prepare for them in advance.

Silkie Chickens are Not Good Layers

If you find out they are not good layers will you still keep them? Yes,it’s important you answer this question first and in honesty. If you are looking for a pet that will produce lots of eggs for you, then the silkie chicken is not the best option for you.

They produce about 100 – 120 eggs per year. Yes. And that’s not a good one. So if you are okay with it, fine. But if you are not, get another breed of chicken. There are many more that will give you what you want.

Silkies Have a Slight Weather Problem

They don’t thrive in wet weather. Some of them fall sick during this period, while some even die if their immune system is not strong. This is a natural problem, so prepare them for the rainy seasons so that they can survive it. Keep them amongst another coop during this period so that they can adapt a little, and also stay strong and safe.

Silkie Chickens can be Last in the “Pecking Order”

Silkie birds are very, gentle and calm naturally, so this gives other breeds a better advantage over them. They always come last in the pecking other. So, get ready to fight for your babies. They try to fight back some times too. But most of the time, they simply get beaten up by other chickens. Whenever you keep them amogst other breeds, whether to eat or do anything at all, please be sensitive. They might get killed in the next few minutes if you don’t intervene.

Silkie are Not Good for Meat Production

Don’t be deceived by their big size. They are very hairy they have lots of feathers. So you might see them from afar and decide to keep them for the purpose of meat production. When you kill them and cut, you will not believe the little amount of meat they have for you.

The silkie is not a good breed for meat at all. Just so you don’t say you were not told, they are not, at all. Even when you feed them pellet, layers and grit, you will still not be satisfied at the meat they will provide for you.

Silkie Chickens are Prone to Predators

This is a major challenge of keeping them, if you are not the careful type, predators will destroy your birds. They have dull vision- which means they do not really see very well. And if they don’t see clearly, they can’t tell when danger is coming and what to do as well.

Advantages of Keeping Them as Pets

Silkie Chickens are Very Friendly

This is the most docile and friendly chicken you can ever find. They are naturally friendly and quiet, you will love them for this. I like it when they crawl into my arms and relax there. I’m sure this is the kind of chicken pet you want. Not the aggressive ones that you can’t even carry around. They love to play with little children especially they are so affectionate with their owners.

Silkie Chickens are Fluffy and Furry

Silkies don’t have barbs to hold them so for that reason they are so fluffy and their feathers so furry. This fluffy nature adds an amazing and beautiful look on them. You will always want to carry and pet them. I must say these awesome pets are designed to be pets for you.

Silkie Chickens can be Kept in an Apartment

They can stay in your apartment comfortably without causing you stress. This is because they are not noisy like other animals. They like calm and smooth places, not muddy and dirty environment. This is why you must always create the right environment for them.

Silkie Chickens have Good Cultural Values

You won’t believe that a lot of people say that because of the uniqueness and beauty of this bird, its meat has some spiritual healing powers. I believe that for them to say this, they must have witnessed it. I will personally love to experience this. This explains why people who sell the meat, sell it expensively. Yes! Restaurants that sell the meat usually charge you extra.

Silkie Chickens are Excellent Mothers

Silkies are wonderful mothers, they do not just take care of their own chicks they also hatch the eggs of other breeds and take care of them by themselves. Isn’t this a true mother’s heart?

They can thus, serve as incubators for other careless mother. This is one character I so much love about this breed. They help breeders hatch eggs for other breeders. This is why, apart from keeping them as pets, you also need them for incubation in your farm.

I hope you are happy to learn that silkie chickens, apart from dog and cats, can become good pets for you. These colourful and friendly chickens won’t harm you. Rather, they will keep you and your kids company. You will definitely love them. I assure you.


Silkie Chicken Breed Information, Characteristics, Temperament

Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Pauline G. Carter

When one thinks of the Silkie Chickens, one thinks of soft silky, fluffy hair – its lovely plumage. That’s the Silkie, and with that, comes an equally lovely personality. No one is 100% about the Silkies’ origins, although it is believed they started somewhere in China or India somewhere in Asia.

However, being so popular, they made their way to other countries too, such as Europe and North America. Now they are to be found all over the world. Another name for the bird is the Chinese Silk Chicken, which shows its Chinese origin.

However, nevertheless, the origin of the Silkie is not sufficiently ascertained. Marco Polo, the explorer commented about a “furry chicken” he had seen on his travels, and it is thought this was the Silkie.


Silkie Chickens Information & Breed Characteristics

Silkies are an ancient breed that has their origins in Asia, most likely in China. Because of their black skin, their Chinese language name is wu gu ji , which means “black-boned chicken.”

Marco Polo was the first Westerner to write about Silkies – and in his books about his travels on the Asian continent in the 1200’s, he referred to them as a “furry chicken.”

Similarly, Renaissance writer Ulisse Aldrovandi referred to Silkie chickens as “wool-bearing chickens” and “clothed with hair like that of a black cat.”

As you can see, Silkies have made quite an impression on humans for centuries!


PROS & CONS of Keeping Silkie Chickens!

After a brief discussion, we at the typesofchicken.com team decided that every Monday we will give you an article about the pros and cons of a different chicken breed.

Last time we gave you the pros and cons of keeping the Rhode Island Red chickens and this Monday we decided to give you the pros and cons of keeping Silkie chickens because we know that almost every chicken breeder wants one of those fluffy birds.

Pros of keeping Silkie chickens:

1. Friendliness
The first thing that I would like to put as a pro about this breed is their friendliness.

The Silkie chickens appreciate the attention and enjoy the company of their owners.

If you have children get them one of these because it is amazing to watch them play together.

2. They are fluffy and furry

We all know that they are fluffy, but did you know why? – Their feathers are so furry and fluffy because they don’t have barbs to hold them down.

This gives them that look when they walk, each feather is fluttering and flying. This also makes them extremely nice for petting.

3. They can be kept in an apartment

Silkie chickens are one of the rare chicken breeds I have read about being kept in an apartment.

It makes sense because they are not very fond of wet and muddy places.

If you want a pet for your apartment and fresh eggs most of the year this breed is the right for you.

4. Enormous cultural values

Do you know who also wrote a lot about this chicken breed? – Marco Polo. When Marco Polo was on his adventures in the East he noticed that many writings were mentioning the Silkie chicken breed.

He got impressed because many people there thought that the meat this chicken breed provides has healing powers.

This is why many restaurants are charging extra for their meat.

5. They are excellent mothers

Some people say that they are the best mothers among the different chicken breeds out there, we at the typesofchicken.com team agree.

Because of their motherly instincts, many breeders are using Silkies to incubate eggs from a different breed.

I have read that Silkies are even willing to incubate tennis balls if given the opportunity although I have not seen that with my own eyes yet.

Cons of keeping Silkie chickens

1. They are not the perfect egg laying chickens

Silkie chickens have been known to lay around 100 to 120 eggs a year, which is not a big number of eggs per year considering all the other breeds.

So if you want to produce more eggs yearly you might want to consider choosing a different breed.

2. Silkies have a slight weather problem
The same thing that makes them fluffy is the same thing that causes this problem – they don’t have barbs to hold their feathers down.

Unless they have a quality chicken coop it is very difficult to keep them outside under wet weather conditions.

3. They can be last in the pecking order

Because they are gentle and trusting by nature, other chicken breeds in their flock can bully them.

If you have a variety of chicken breeds in your flock you need to pay some extra attention to make sure that the bullying doesn’t happen.

4. They are prone to predators

This is one of the reasons it is not recommended to keep Silkies outside – they have decreased vision and because of their feathers, they can`t jump as high as some other birds.

Silkies are very prone to predators so you need a safe housing for them.

5. Don’t keep backyard Silkies if you want to keep them for meat

Although you can find them in Asian cuisine and many restaurants charge extra for Silkie meat raising them in your backyard for meat is not a good idea.

Silkies look big because of the volume their feathers have, but in reality, they weigh less than most of the different breeds out there.

That is why they will not give you a sufficient amount of meat.

40 Comments

Susan Milovich

Nice article about Silkies. However not one decent picture of one! Those all look like hatchery versions! If you’re going to write an article about a breed, get pictures that correctly represent the breed!

B norris

Yea, my first thought also. Faces should be black, purple, technically mulberry colored.

Rosetaz

well most people are going to buy from hatcheries or small time breeders of less than show quality birds, cause they are cheaper and quicker to find.

Laurie Matson

I have to disagree. It is the small Breeders that produce the Finest Show Quality Silkies.

Barbu d'Uccle

Thanks for you feedback. We will try to do that in our next article for different type of chicken.
Have a great day.

Thank you for this article. We are just starting out and articles like these are helpful.

Sheryl Hunter

Enjoyed this read. I have 2 silkier in a flock of 8 and I love them! They are the perfect choice for visiting grandchildren too. Friendly and sweet!

Barbu d'Uccle

Thank you for your feedback.
Have a great day.

Cindy

What other breeds do you have? Do they bully the sulkies?

Barbu d'Uccle

Thank you for your feedback. Like children and adults, chickens also need treats. You can check this article about Treats You Can Give To Your Chickens

Rosetaz

I love my silly silkies and because they are raised indoors and get handled daily, most are super friendly and enjoy being held.

JManning

The white bird under #1 con isn’t a silkie, I do believe it is a Polish. All in all, great article. And the reason they do not lay well is because they go broody so often. I had a hen that never went broody and she laid as good as my large fowl egg layers.

Barbu d'Uccle

Thanks for your comment. We hope you loved this article like most of the people here. We will give our best with the pictures thought.

Laurie

The white one is a silkie. Blue ear lobes, tail feathers on Polish are much different. Not every Silkie has a pom on their head.

Laurie

I apologize, the first one in the article, probably is a Polish. I missed that one.

TONY COSTA

I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF SILKIE CHIX HATCH AND THEY HAVE WHITE SKIN. ANY SUGGESTION? OR ADVISE.

Lauren paisley

I’m very new to chicken ownership. What does it mean to go broody? Is there factors that cause it? Do I need to do something to protect my chicken so she doesn’t get broody? Sorry for the questions, Thanks!

Barbu d'Uccle

When a hen is broody, that means she wants to hatch her eggs and raise chicks.

Temperature, air quality, humidity and light are critical factors to consider.

Failure to provide an adequate environment during the brooding period will reduce profitability, resulting in reduced growth and development, poorer feed conversion, and increased disease, condemnation and mortality.

For stoping her to go broody, there are few steps. My favorite is removing her from the nest.

You may have to do this several times a day- it really is a contest of will on your behalf against hormones on hers!

Chris Sweet

Very well written article. Beautiful photos. My friends keep theirs in the house with chicken diapers on. I am finding more and more people doing this with this breed. Now I can understand why. Thank you so much for all the information.

Barbu d'Uccle

Thank you a lot for your feedback. Hope this article helped you.

Joanne Tipler

We have 9 silkies, I agree with everything you say in this article. They are absolutely adorable in looks and personality, but definitely not providing a lot of eggs. We also have 6 d’uccles. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say about them. They are also likable in their own way, curious and chatty as can be, better egg layers but those eggs are pretty tiny. One of our silkies hatched two duck eggs and those ducks followed her around until they moved on to another home. The pictures are hilarious of them getting bigger and bigger outgrowing their mom by leaps and bounds. We have a pond but she never let them get near it – safety reasons I’m sure. They are really good moms.

Barbu d'Uccle

Thanks for stopping by and giving us a great feedback. Pretty sure our next article will be about d’uccles (that’s me). If you have cute, interesting pictures you can visit our Facebook Page and Message us with your photos.

Have a great day
Barbu d’Uccle

Cacadogg

I love the part aboutvDilkie mum not allowing her duck babies into the pond

I would love to see pictures of the ducks with their chicken “Mom”!

Jennifer Jacoby

Joanne, I would love to see photos of the ducks with their chicken Mom! Sounds adorable.

Joanne Tipler

Hi Jennifer, I’d love to send pics but I don’t know how through here. I know how from my email.

Tammy P

Please elaborate on the “chicken diaper”. Do you change it several times a day? Just once daily? Are they disposable? Washable?

Penny

I have had Silkies for years and they are wonderful! Thanks for the informative articles…love it!

Barbu d'Uccle

Thank you for stopping by and giving us a great feedback. We will continue what we do and we love.
We are still new and plenty eggcited :).

Have a great day.
Barbu d’Uccle

Patty

I also am curious of the “diaper”. I have had many breeds of chickens, I love the small ornamentals. I am looking to get a Silky bc I know that they make great pets,but I always wanted to know how people “house broke” them. My others have a nice coop with run outside, but can be let out and follow you to be pet and loved on. They are like pups not farm animals. Thanks for the info.

Gilda

I have Silkies for hatching & brooding my peafowl eggs – they are awesome brooders & moms. Mine lay between 70 – 100 eggs a year and have their own area with enclosed housing and pen away from my Dominiques, Buffs, Marans, & EE’s. When I winter and let all out of the pens into the big fenced area, they stay in their pen with their fresh straw & hay. Their “coop” is a truck topper that has a floor and short roosts with lots of bedding with the food & water inside. I even keep straw in their run to keep the mud factor down. 6 ladies and 1 fella and a happy happy crew. When not brooding, I mark & let them hatch their own eggs – such cuties!

FancyRanchChicks

I am a silkie enthusiast/breeder and nice to see them getting the attention they deserve! Wonderful pets and very calm birds. Mine are very good layers but their eggs are smaller than most.
I would have 100 if I could! I’ve had lots of other breeds and Silkies are definitely my favorite.

Joanne Tipler

I totally love the silkies too. Now I adore the d’uccles, happened upon them by chance when I went to pick up more silkies last spring. They are really cute, smart, curious AND they can fly.

Christine

I find the article very helpful for backyard breeders. That being said, the pictures are just fine as most people looking for show quality birds will ask for show quality. We raise silkies and just adore them! We also have other various breeds but not in the same coop as the silkies. Highly recommend this breed for those looking to find something that the kids will love to take part in. Make great pets for kids of all ages! And a great learning experience! Good luck!

Teresa Duston

My one Silkie loves to go into the rain and has played an egg everyday since she started about six months ago. She is very alert and has her method of staying out of harm’s way. I can handle her some. The real pet is my Sultan rooster. He is a bit goofy. The Silkie hen is smarter.

Teresa Duston

My one Silkie loves to go into the rain, gets sopping wet, and doesn’t care. She doesn’t mind being blow dried afterwards. Very sweet disposition. She is all about getting food at every opportunity. She has layed an egg everyday since she started about six months ago. She is very alert and has her method of staying out of harm’s way. I can handle her some. The real pet is my Sultan rooster. He is a bit goofy. The Silkie hen is smarter.

Denise Kowalczyk

I love this! Thank you! I just got 2 – 8 week old Silkies. One white, one buff. I need to have pullets and the lady could not guarantee so I bought the older chicks that she thought were female. I am anxious to take them outside. It has been too cold. I live in NW Wisconsin, waiting for real Spring to arrive.

Cheryl Lady

We have Silkies, we started out with 5, lost a couple in the last few years, but not to predators, I would say natural causes. We have added a few red sex-link a couple years ago. But I can not imagine having Silies or any kind of chicken in one’s APARTMENT! Where on earth does the author think the chicken will use the bathroom? Clearly, they have never had a chicken as an indoor pet, or they have no sense of smell. Or cleanliness.

Jessie

Do a search for “chicken diaper”

Michelle

LOL, everyone keeps saying how sweet and loving their silkies are, apparently I must have missed something. Don’t get me wrong my silkies love me but only me. I have to either put them away or pick them up when ever I have company, especially my rooster “booger” because that’s what he is, a Booger. He will chase, peck, and sqawk at anybody that is around me. Now when he was a chick I did not hold him a lot in fact he just wouldn’t have it, then one day he wanted me to hold him and now he is a total momma’s boy and throws a fit until he has my attention, he is sweet and loving (with me)but he is also impatient, demanding, aggressive, he can be quite the monster. He will even pick on the hen if he thinks she’s getting to much attention. I love him just the same but he can definitely be a handful. Anybody els have a devil like mine? Recently we had to evacuate our home because of wild fire, we had to stay in town for a week, my silkies were right there with me and I was really surprised how well they were being inside, they were pretty content, didn’t make messes all over, in fact Booger slept with me a few nights cuddled up in my arm and you know he slept all through the night and not once did he poop in the bed. So I can see how it could be possible living in a apartment.


Watch the video: 9 Silkie chicks hide under one hen.