Breed Rating (71 Reviews)



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.


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.


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

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Description: We have for sale some lovely POL Silkies in various colours, Various ages prices £35. visit our website at PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT REGARDING STOCK.

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Description: Pipinchick Poultry Silkie Sale Every year Pipinchick Poultry has an end of season sale for their Silkies. July 8th - July 9th is our great big Silkie Sale! Not every Silkie can be a show winner, at the end of each season we offer our not quite as stunning birds to the public for a bargain price. If you are not too fussed about standards and perfection but still want a pretty and lovely natured garden hen then this is the weekend for you to save the date! All Silkies sold are form the same parent stock, all are still fully vaccinated, wormed, coxy treated, Salmonella cleared, guarenteed female and as healthy and lovely as the rest, but may not have the exacting standards we look for in all our other hens. From less feathers on their legs to a slightly less puffy pom pom they are however still perfectly, wonderful birds. Grab a bargain and give them a lovely home. Get in touch to arange your time for viewing...

Golden Miniature Cockerel For Sale

Description: I hatched this little fellow, last August. He is fertile as I hatched eggs in February and March 2016 Lovely little temperament and kind to his ladies Due to ill health need to reduce numbers

Golden Miniature Silkie Cockerel

Description: I have a lovely little cockerel ready for his own girls. Raised on my Leicestershire smallholding, Hatched August 2015

Silkie cockerels for sale

Description: Gold and brown coloured miniature Silkies in need of a new home with their own hens Lovely temperaments

Brown Miniature Silkie Cockerels For Sale

Description: I have 5 brown Silkies to chose from, which were hatched in 2015. I also have golden, brown and white Silkies hatched this August, 2016

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Description: I have a surplus of Light Sussex cockerels needing a good home My be able to deliver depending where in the UK

Silkie Hatching Eggs

Description: Silkie Eggs for sale £5 for 6 eggs, P&P extra

Latest Reviews For Silkie (5 of 71)

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A part of the family - Lee,

We could not get over how cute and funny silkies were when we went to pick some hens (our first of what I can see as many more). Could not resist and bought two. We just love them ! They have become a part of the family they just love having a wander round in the garden. They are easier to keep than we expected. If you have children they are a must. They are too young for eggs yet but we cant wait for our first lay. People think they are large rabbits due tohow fluffy they are !

Silkies - Ellie,

Silkies are very friendly and great with kids, they look so cute and funny, but their feathers are not waterproof as with other breeds, so need adequate shelter from rain.

- Brent, Lancashire,

Got given a silkie cockerel &3hens - Andrea,

The funniest chickens ever love them to bits, been reading msg's about them & am very surprised my hens are laying most days ! Thinking I may have a go at hatching some as Mr silkie keeping very active !

cute - Damian,

They are so friendly my two pet Silkies they don't even mind being picked up! There egg production is not good but as I got them for pets I'm not really bothered anyway. I have found that they will NOT perch on the roosting bars and will only sleep together in a nest box so I took the divider out and have it as one big nest box which they sleep together in. They will also never be without one anther and are sad if they are apart!

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