What Is The Silkie Chicken Breed?
The Silkie Chicken breed is growing in popularity, but what is it?
The silkie chicken is a bantam breed of chicken. FALSE. Actually, the silkie is not considered a bantam chicken in most countries. They are often mistaken as a bantam due to their size. A bantam is a type of chicken breed that stays small, typically about 1/3 of the size of a standard chicken breed. The silkie chicken, tends to be about 2lbs as opposed to starting at 5lbs for the full size, standard large breeds of chickens.
Other Silkie Chicken Characteristics
Silkie chickens do not have traditional feathers, they have a fluffy plumage that has a silky smooth feel to it, hence the name silkie. The silky plumage tends to catch ice around their beard during winter, so take care and be sure to keep them clean and dry.
2. Feathered Legs
A silkie chicken has fully feathered legs and feet. The often look as though they have a feather duster swooping down over their foot. You can hardly see their toes, of which is another characteristic. Silkies have 5 toes, not 4.
3. Elevated Cranium
The nice “poof” on top of the silkie’s head can be attributed to it’s elevated cranium. You can really see this in silkie chicks that still have their chick down and no feathers yet. Extra caution should be taken with silkies, the skull has a “soft spot” on the back that if pecked , hit or etc. in the right spot can kill the bird.
4. Beard and Muff
There are two types of silkie chicken, bearded and non bearded. You can tell the bearded silkie from a mile away by their big round puffy head. If you can’t see their eyes, they are bearded! Ok, that is just my funny way of telling it, but it holds true.
Silkie chickens lay about 200 eggs a year. You will not find this number anywhere else on the internet. The reason why- other sites are telling you the average. I can tell you right now that not once ever has one of our silkie chickens laid the “average”. Supposedly 100 eggs per year is normal for a silkie. If that is the case, my mom, my friends and I have crazy laying silkie chickens. Ours lay almost daily and right through our cold winters. I seriously think the silkie chicken as a layer is underestimated.
Eggs are a light tan small egg. Excellent for boiling and pickling!
If you are looking for a small breed that is gorgeous, friendly and eats less Silkie Chickens are for you! Silkie chickens also make great moms, they often become broody and will hatch any egg you place under them!
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