Silkie (Silky) Bantam Chicken Eggs
cream colored. Silkie hens lay about 100-120 eggs a year.
Silky hens are very broody (persistent sitters) and are frequently used
to hatch the eggs of other breeds that are not very broody. They are excellent
Silkies are a very popular, ornamental chicken.
Newly Hatched Bantam Chick
"Last week 11 out of 12 hatched (we gave that last egg a few extra days
just to be safe)." -Carolyn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Silkie Chicks in Incubator
This photo is from Krista-Lea in Port Jefferson, New York.
Silkie Chicks at Food Bowl
This photo is from Krista-Lea in Port Jefferson, New York.
Partridge Silkie Chick
Bear' of chickens. Silkies have very fluffy feathers that are more like
fur than ordinary poultry plumage. Their fur feels like silk or satin.
According to the 'Standard of Perfection': "The plumage condition is the
result of their feathers lacing the small hooks on the barbs so that the
normal web does not appear but rather the barbs lay individually and look
and feel somewhat like hair."
"We are very excited about the eggs. I feel certain that buying from a caring individual is way better than dealing with a commercial hatchery." -Anne, Fairhope, Alabama
Buff Silkie Chick
their feathers similar to down. Because of this, Silkies are not good fliers.
They can do a jump sort of flying. It is hard for them to get away from
predators so make sure they have good protection.
These feathers do not shed water well so be sure they have a dry place in
case it rains. They don't do well in extremely cold climates or any kind
of extreme weather environment because their feathers don't hold heat in
is very calm, gentle, docile and friendly...one of the calmest chicken breeds.
They like being held. They make great pets especially for children. They
like to follow their owner around the yard or field.
They do well in confinement. It is possible that aggressive chicken breeds
could bully them. So if you have a mixed-breed flock, keep an eye on their
Gray Silkie Chick
don't like to roost at night as much as other chickens do. Sometimes they
just sleep together in a corner of the coop.
You can build chicken ladders
or ramps that help them reach roosts that are a few feet off the ground.
They can reach roosts close to the ground by jumping up 2 to 3 feet.
Black Silkie Chick
A Silky chick
cannot be sexed until it is about 6 months of age or older. Professional
breeders can make educated guesses at a younger age but the accuracy is
photo is 3-week-old Silkies.
Usually male Silkies are sweet dads. They are gentle to chicks and are happy
to show them something good to eat.
The smaller photo is a 7-month-old Partridge Silkie.
5 toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have 4. Other chickens with
5-toes: Dorking, Faverolle, and Sultan.
of bird is originally from ancient China, Japan, India or Java. When Marco
Polo (1254-1324) traveled to Asia in the 13th century, he wrote about a
'furry chicken with hair like a cat'. There are references to these chickens
in 2000-year-old Chinese books.
Poultry Association (APA) and American Bantam Association (ABA) list Silkie
chickens in the Asiatic class. They were accepted by the APA and listed
in the 'Standard of Perfection' in 1874.
chicken is shown in the 'Featherleg Bantam' class at poultry shows. Due
to their gentle disposition, they do well at poultry exhibitions. They are
a very popular breed at shows.
The soft feather type is genetically recessive. If you cross a Silkie with any hard-feathered bird (most chickens), the chicks will be hard feathered. If you then breed these chicks with each other, you get some Silkie-feathered birds and some hard-feathered birds.
In the below
photos the Silkie chickens are 3 months old.
Gray Silkie Cockerel with Friends
around 3-4 pounds. Hens weigh around 2-3 pounds.
The 'American Standard of Perfection' prefers males to weigh 36 ounces (2.25
pounds), and females to weigh 32 ounces (2 pounds). It prefers cockerels
to weigh 32 ounces, and pullets to weigh 28 ounces (1.75 pounds).
Because Silky chickens are so peaceful, the roosters usually get along well
with each other. They don't crow as much as other breeds.
Gray Silkie Pullet
be bearded or not bearded. Beards are an extra muff of feathers under the
beak region that covers the earlobes.
They have powder-puff crests (topknots) on their heads, and feathers on
'American Standard of Perfection' prefers a walnut-shaped comb (called strawberry
or cushion). In females the comb is usually hidden by the crest.
is dark slate-blue to bluish black. They are the only chicken breed to have
this color of skin.
that are recognized by the 'American Poultry Association' and 'American
Bantam Association': Black, Blue, Buff, Gray, Partridge, and White.
Blue is a solid blueish gray. Buff is a golden buff. Gray has patterns to
the color, ranging from dark to light. Partridge is a color pattern so you
can have lavender partridge, blue partridge, etc.
Other colors not accepted but found in Silkies: Calico, Cuckoo, Lavender,
Red, Porcelain, Birchen, Columbian, and Splash.
Black x Black = 100% Black chicks.
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash.
Blue x Blue = 25% Black, 50% Blue, 25% Splash chicks.
Blue x Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black.
Blue x Splash = 50% Blue 50% Splash.
Black x Splash = 100% Blue chicks.
Buff Silkie Pullet
and white-feathered birds have leaden-blue beak/legs/toes. Comb and wattles
are deep mulberry. Earlobes are light blue turquoise.
Blue and Partridge have bluish black beak/legs/toes. Comb and wattles are
deep mulberry. Earlobes are turquoise blue.
Buff and Gray have comb and wattles that are deep mulberry. Beak/legs/toes
are slaty blue. Earlobes are turquoise blue.
Bright red comb and wattles are not preferred at poultry shows, though as
pets it does not matter.
Great Educational Experience for Kids
These 2 photos
show how much children can learn from hatching eggs. It's an adventure for
them (and for parents too).
The first photo is when the eggs are put in the incubator. The second photo shows the development of the chick on a calendar.
are beyond excited for the incubating process to begin with your eggs. I
homeschool, and this has been such a learning experience already!" -Sarah,
Silkie Chicken Photos