Of all the ornamental chicken breeds, the Silkie Bantam is one of the most popular and beloved, and certainly one of the most entertaining to watch. Can't you tell why? They're the lap kitty of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament. We have heard it said that Silkies are like a "flock" of kittens... but unlike your other pets, your chickens can actually provide your breakfast! Silkies originated in the Far East, where they are still kept (and eaten) today. They have black skin and bones and 5 toes instead of the normal 4. In addition, Silkie hens make wonderful brooders and mothers, and are even known to adopt baby ducks if given the chance!
Class: Feather-legged Bantam
Recognized Varieties: Bearded & Non-Bearded: Black, White, Partridge, Buff, Gray, Blue
Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
Egg Size: Small
Comb Type: Walnut Comb
Feathered Legs: Yes
Number of Toes: 5
Suitability to Backyard Life:
Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates heat well
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Personality: Sweet, tame, mothering.