Silkie Chickens

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History

The origin of the Silkie hen is uncertain although they have been around for several hundred years. It is thought that they originated in India, China or Japan and they arrived in Europe around 200 years ago where they were sold as crosses between rabbits and chickens! They are a lightweight chicken with a broad, stout looking body which is covered in fine fluffy feathers. They have short, rather ragged looking tails and the head is short and neat with an upright and full crest. The beak is short and broad, the face smooth and the eyes black and bright. The comb is circular and described as a mulberry comb and the wattles are concave, semi circular and not particularly long. The legs are purplish blue in colour and they have a fifth toe.

Behaviour

Silkies do tend towards broodiness and make wonderful mothers despite being rather poor layers. They are calm, friendly, trusting and rather lively birds which are unable to fly so can be kept with very low fencing and they also do very little damage to the garden. They begin laying around Christmas when the hen will happily sit on a clutch of eggs and will still go broody even if her eggs are removed! Silkies are frequently used as foster mothers for other hen\'s eggs. They stop laying altogether during the summer months. They don\'t have waterproof feathers so they need to be kept in dry conditions but require little room so can be kept in smaller runs. They are rather susceptible to scaly leg but are robust little chickens and can withstand the cold very well. The black skinned and black boned silkie is considered a delicacy in China where they believe that the ground up bones have special healing properties. They have a lifespan of around 9 years and can be tamed and considered a real pet which makes them especially suitable for children.

Varieties

Black, blue, gold, white, partridge, triple laced partridge, triple laced silver partridge, grey, cuckoo, red and buff.

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Silkies For Sale

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Breed: Silkie - Mixed Group
Descriptions: Silkie - Mixed Group
Variety: Red, Blue, Black & White
Age: 7 weeks
Seller: Beacon Stud
Seller Rating:            7 reviews
Description: Wonderful selection of mixed colours youngsters (unsexed)-the best selection in Kent. Beacon Stud, Benenden
Location: Kent Show Map
Delivery: Collection
£12.00
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Breed: Silkie - Chick
Descriptions: Silkie - Chick
Variety: Bantam
Age: 10 weeks
Seller: daxigirl
Seller Rating: No Feedback!
Description: 1 yellowy coloured SilkieX female, hatched 28 Jan, outdoors full time. Can send photos. Growing nicely eating growers pellets. Located in Fareham.
Location: Hampshire Show Map
Delivery: Collection
£15.00
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Breed: Silkie - Cockerel
Descriptions: Silkie - Cockerel
Variety: Lf White
Age: 36 weeks
Seller: Batcatz
Seller Rating: No Feedback!
Description: LF Silkie cockerel. White. Stunning, friendly boy, hatched and handled daily. Surplus to requirements. Last one. Excellent quality . Person I purchased eggs from has a Tinson and Hidden cockerel.
Location: Hampshire Show Map
Delivery: Collection
£5.00
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Breed: Silkie - Cockerel
Descriptions: Silkie - Cockerel
Variety: Red
Age: 46 weeks
Seller: TF10 9
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Description: 2 Available, very tame ideal show, breeding or pet.
Location: Shropshire Show Map
Delivery: Collection
£1.00
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Breed: Silkie - Fertilised Eggs
Descriptions: Silkie - Fertilised Eggs
Variety: Black
Age: 0 weeks
Seller: Pritchard
Seller Rating: No Feedback!
Description: Fresh Black Silkie Eggs currently available £1.25 each. All my Silkie hens are in lay at the moment. Too many for my incubator. Unrelated cock. Please contact me first via 16seater.co.uk to make sure what's available.
Location: Essex Show Map
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£1.25
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Latest Reviews For Silkies (5 of 63)

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- Archie, 01 February 2014


           Great but not that hardy

- Theo, 14 December 2013

I bought two silkies not too long ago, one passed away before I could introduce it to my flock. The vet said she just wasn't that well and she was more susceptible to common disease. My other silkie though is very happy and healthy and was tame within the first month of having her. I haven't received an egg of her yet and she is 6 months old now. She is large fowl but is still kinda small compared to my sussex that is the same age. All in all though they are lovely chickens and even though it is advised to give them some raincover because they are so fluffy, my little misty always runs out into the rain for fun!


           GOOD ALL-AROUND BANTAM

- Sylvester017, 10 November 2013

In the USA our Silkies are bearded 2-lb bantams so it seems strange to see the large fowl beardless varieties from Great Britain. Our bearded bantam Silkie beaks are barely visible because their faces are one cute ball of fluff. Our favourite color is the Black Silkie and the Partridge - good colors to have if they are free-ranged because Silkies LOVE their dust baths so we don't keep white, splash or buff colours. Can't let Silkies roam in the rain like other normal-feathered fowl because they get soaked cold to the skin and mud sticks to their feathered feet. In all other aspects, they are a hardy breed. They will lay 5-6 good-sized eggs weekly when not BROODY (which is often during warm weather). Two Silkie eggs equal one of our Leghorn's extra large egg. Silkies have different personalities and quirks but all have a gentle temperament that should not be integrated with aggressive large fowl breeds weighing over 4 lbs and must be supervised around exhuberant children. We only have non-aggressive Leghorns and gentle Ameraucanas mixed with our Silkies. Best to raise more than one Silkie together because they tend to roam best with their own kind.


           Great

- Euge, 21 August 2013

Needs more info


           Great little birds

- Lynn, 19 August 2013

Excellent broody hens Excellent mothers Very friendly Nice looking and lots of colours to choose from Needs cover when wet and the weather is bad Cockerels are not aggressive Need to watch out for bullying, especially with larger birds Need to vaccinate for Mereks and watch out for scaley leg The miniatures are nice but the bigger ones are fine for a broody The list is endless of their good points

 

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