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    Chicken Breeds: Silkie Chickens

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Silkies are one of the easiest keepers of all chicken breeds, as this guide explains. Learn more about Silkie chickens for sale in this guide.
    Whilst there are hundreds of chickens breeds to choose from on the poultry marketplace, undoubtedly one of the most intriguing breeds to own are Silkie chickens. Never has a breed name been more apt than in this instance – it’s easy to mark out Silkie chickens from other breeds as they exhibit a fluffy, silk-like plumage.

    This breed has a long history, although little is known about its early origins, with most experts believing Silkies first originated in China and parts of south east Asia. In fact, these chickens have such a distinguished history, explorer Marco Polo even referenced them in one of his 13th century travelogues. Learn more about keeping chickens from the Silkie breed in the guide below.

    Chicken Breeds: A Guide to Silkie Chickens


    Silkies are an excellent choice for the buyer with little or no experience of keeping chickens as they are renowned for their easy-going temperament and self sufficiency. Extremely docile, Silkie hens are also good layers (although not exceptional), and due to strong maternal instincts, they will also be happy to hatch eggs from other bird breeds.

    In terms of the UK, Silkies first became commonplace in the UK as a result of the 19th century maritime trade. Today, Silkies are popular as ornamental birds, appearing in bearded or non-bearded varieties, and are acceptable for showing in most colours, including black, blue, grey, partridge, white and splash. Another unusual characteristic of Silkie chickens is the fact they have five toes, making them part of a select group that includes the dorking, faverolles and sultan. 

    Although Silkie chickens may differ in appearance in comparison to other chickens, maintenance and upkeep demands for this breed are fairly standard. Silkies tend to be diminutive in stature, so larger pellets of feed may be inappropriate for these chickens for sale. Ensure the perimeter of your Silkie chicken coop is secure, as birds from this breed cannot fly, so may be vulnerable to attack from predators. Finally, put some tide aside to clear out the coop at regular intervals to curb the spread of bacteria.

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