These fluffy chickens are cute! They have the “awwwww” factor, so if you are looking for a pet chicken, get yourself a Silkie. These bantam chickens are gentle, quieter than most, docile, and like people. They don’t fly well, and they don’t mind being confined. Their feathers are described as “soft,” “downy,” and “fur-like”. These birds do not have barbicels, which allows their feathers to spread out rather than hold together which looks like fur.
***Any blue variety ordered from Purely Poultry may include silkie chicks with black, blue, or splash plumage patterns.****.
While many Silkies are kept as pets, some breeders also keep them because they are exceptionally broody and good mothers. A Silkie will hatch just about any other kind of egg and will mother the chicks. Because they are so docile and good-natured, they sometimes suffer bullying by more aggressive breeds when kept in mixed flocks.
No one is exactly sure where Silkie's originated, but Marco Polo did mention black skinned, furry chickens in his travel through Asia during th 13th century. There is a speculation that the breed was brought west through the silk trade, but no one knows for sure.
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