5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 57 reviews)
This is the most beautiful breed of chicken in the world ! It is not the most productive egg-layer in the world , but if you are not too bothered about having mountains of eggs it is totally worth it.? They do not dig up your garden(no Omlet fencing necessary!)
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I'm proud to say my parents were ahead of the urban chicken farming trend Salt Lake City. We kept a flock of white silkies and they were delightful to raise. We kids had a hand in all aspects of raising them-- gathering eggs, cleaning the coop, giving them food and water, and even butchering them when we got too many roosters in a brood. We let them run free-range in the yard & garden. They helped control the garden pests and weeds. I think we only had to protect the peas and lettuces from them. They seemed quite docile-- the rooster was appropriately protective but not aggressive. Best eggs & chicken meat I've ever had when they get to be free-range, though they are bantams & thus, not particularly meaty. Their skins are a shocking shade of dark purple! (but my parents always skinned them before cooking them)
I got a flock of Silkies almost a year ago now and I have already lost 3. They are so attention seeking, friendly and adorable yet are very prone to diseases. Their egg production is very low as only a couple of them actually lay and some go broody for very long periods of time. They are just so cute to be around but are definitely not a hardy breed. Don't be fooled by the cuteness!
I have four silkies (two small black and two big partridge). They are lovely pets, they chat to me when I am in the garden, they run to the back door if they think I will open it, they cause no damage to the garden and they cannot fly. They are frightened of everything (they hide behind my elderly rabbit when they see a cat). They live very happily, running around the garden with my rabbit (but can be bad tempered when they are broody). Egg laying is very hit and miss - they lay for a few weeks, then get broody for weeks and it takes ages for them to get back to laying. Certainly, four chickens cannot provide enough eggs for two of us. However, the eggs are incredibly rich and creamy in comparison to other free ranging chickens.
I have had at least 10 and they are so cute and friendly! they do good around children,and the roosters are vary calm and laid back. They don't lay eggs regularly like some other breeds,they only lay eggs when they want to. I have never had any eggs yet(being that my dog got them all before they started to lay). I love them to pieces...well maybe not that well considering that i love my horses much much more,. I do want to start showing them in 4-H soon. I think they are good starter chickens if ya don't want eggs that much.
My sillies are wonderful! Very mothering even at a very young age! My 3 month old keeps my one month old chicks under her breast! They are kind and friendly!.they can not fly so make sure there area is preditor proof! Silkies are my favorite breed! They are very beautiful and have the apparence of fur because their feathers do not have barbs like other chickens. They do produce eggs a light tint of cream or brownish color. They are bantaman so they take up less room. I think silkies are an excellent choice for pets or show. A mother silkie will hatch any eggs. They are excellent mothets! Often used to hatch different types of eggs. Silkies are beautiful and unique chickens! They are like potato chips, you can't just have one!
I ve have a pair of silkie, the hen bird as just gone broody should i take the cook bird out or is he ok to stay in with her please could any one tell me many thanks John
Get them! real good and looks real cute! Not exactly the survival type of chicken and good egg layer though. good for little kids
I acquired 10 silkies in May. It is now August and I only have 7 left. They are SO friendly that I keep treading on their toes and today, I almost sat on one. They are very pretty, have miniature, sweet eggs and are adorable. The cockerel crows like an Orpington, no joke, and is very docile. They attack the ducks I have but because the ducks are hardy they don't mind!!! Unfortunately, as I have ducks and a great population of other wild birds, the silkies are constantly getting sick. I don't have a decent poultry vet where I live, so it is annoying. Always sneezing, getting mites, wheezing and other diseases, I wouldn't be surprised if they were all gone by Christmas.
We are a specialist Silkie breeder and have been breeding them for 3 years! They are such lovely birds.
They have the nicest temperament and nature even the cockerels are quite docile.
We have many colours including black, blue, white, splash, partridge and cuckoo.
The children love them because they are fluffy, cute, tame enough to handle and cuddle and they actually quite like a fuss!
The are the perfect back yard chicken and will give you up to 5 eggs a week, when not broody!
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