Post #18

New chickens

26th September 2003, lunch time | Comments (6)

A silkie chicken

A few weeks ago, my parents went to a bird auction and came back with a bunch of new chickens. The best, and funniest looking, of the ones they bought are called Silkies. They look like little, fluffy chicken-llamas:

The main characteristic that makes it obvious the Silkie Bantam is unique is the texture of its plumage. Their feathers have a silky, almost fur-like texture. Silkies also have abundant plumage on their legs and an impressive crest on their heads. Another oddity associated with the Silkie Bantam is the fact that their feet have five toes instead of four. Silkies can either have beards or not, and they are the only known chicken with black skin.

The Silkie is believed to have come from China thousands of years ago. Ancient writers speak of a chicken with hair instead of feathers, and many experts believe they are referring to the Silkie. It is thought that Marco Polo first exported the Silkies from China sometime during the 13th century. The Silkie Bantams that are popular today have been modified through the centuries, with various other breeds introduced to produce such characteristics as the feathered legs.

While I was looking around for info on Silkies I found these resources: a Diagram of a Chicken, a Chicken Glossary, and a Chicken FAQ. Three things everyone should have in their bookmarks folder. Surely.

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  1. Moyes90:

    I own silkies too and they are the easiest pet to look after ever. They are really cute and cudliest. Please contact me if you sell male silkies in the south yorkshire area - Sheffild prefferably

    Posted 4 months, 3 weeks after the fact
  2. Poopy Butt:

    I like the fuzzy chickens-llamas. I need to get me some of them =]

    Posted 1 year, 11 months after the fact
  3. Amac:

    Moyes you sad, sad boy.

    Posted 2 years after the fact
  4. Lorna Peel:

    Hi,ive just bought a young silkie and dont know how to sex it can anyone help?

    Posted 2 years, 1 month after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Diana Vanessa Doig De Young
  5. Diana Vanessa Doig De Young:

    hi i hope you can answer my question... i've always been a chicken "mom" LOL since i was child in my country PERU in southamerica but now i live in USA i want to know if you live in a town you can have chickens in the backyard??

    Posted 2 years, 4 months after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Lorna Peel
  6. Lorna Peel:

    Hi there,i have neighbours around me and i have 3 chickens in my garden,unfortunatly one turned out to be a cockeral but he's so lovely that i couldnt bring myself to part with him,i dont advise you to have any cockerals in a built up area as they are too noisey and might annoy your neighbours,but along as you have the right housing and some garden for them to roam then they are wonderful.Hope this helps.Lorna.

    Posted 2 years, 4 months after the fact

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