Silkie Bantam

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Silkie Bantam chickens may not be the best in egg-laying, but they can be the best ornamental chicken there is especially in exhibits. The Silkies produce approximately 100 eggs annually. That's not much for egg-laying.

Chickens of this breed are definitely considered as eye-candies. The white ones look like angels with their fluffiness and poofy-looking feathers. They look pleasingly good that they could almost be used as decors. Their legs may be bluish, interesting leg color, but one can't see them because they're all covered with feathers. This breed cannot fly and they don't run much that's why they don't need a lot of space.

For temperature, they are safe in cold weather because their fluffy feathers keep them warm. They're not just beautiful, they're also easy to take care of. An interesting fact about this particular breed - they can look like puppies at times especially the white ones. Considering that Silkie Bantams are not aggressive, they can really make good pets. 

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    5 of 5 | November 23, 2013 at 07:30 AM Silkies are wonderful pets! I really love their gentle ways. They are quiet and easy to train. I highly recommend the silkie!

    Pros: Gentle smart quiet loving easy to train grreat mothers soft friendly well tempered and docile

    Cons: Broody prone to wry neck

    Recommended? Yes

    Silkies are my favorite type of chicken. They purr when happy and love human contact. They are gentle and quiet birds. They are easily trained and are the lap kitten of chickens. Silkies are like potato chips you can't just have one! I highly recommend a silkie. Mine bring great joy into my life!♡♡♥♥
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    4 of 5 | November 2, 2013 at 06:30 PM Broodiness is the most annoying con

    Pros: Brood often if you need a broody mom, consistently sweet temperaments, good foragers, entertaining to have as pets, good size egg for bantam

    Cons: Furry feathers can get messy fast especially the crest and cheeks, too gentle for mixed breed flock

    Recommended? Yes

    Would love to rate Silkies at 5 stars but one of their drawbacks is the appearance of their feathers when dirty. Where most chicken breeds can look clean and sparkly after dust bathing, Silkie fluff easily becomes matted around the face and cheeks. Their fluffy crests and cheeks catch all kinds of debris while they forage or eat. They get into tight places where large fowl do not fit and come out with spider webs, debris, and caked-on mud. These industrious little birds are just as busy as large fowl and quite capable of sounding barnyard alerts and hiding from predators. Our Partridge is actually the alpha leader of a mixed flock of large and bantam fowl! Silkies love a good dust bath as well as any hen so I only keep Black or Partridge colors. I allow my Silkies to roam freely outdoors with the bigger hens. They cannot fly but they have the cutest running jump when they hurry. I allow the crest feathers to stay out of their eyes so they can see better. Though they love it, I do not allow them to roam in the rain because the feathers get soaked cold to the skin. When not broody, each hen will lay 5 to 6 eggs per week at 1.25 ounces each! Great egg size for bantams, great temperament, great in a flock of gentle mixed breeds, great foragers, and exceptional surrogate broodies. I never keep Silkies in a mixed flock of birds weighing more than 5 lbs as larger breeds can bully Silkies.
    UPDATE: So much for keeping Silkies out of the rain. The last rain our Black Silkie slipped out to happily forage in the rain puddles with the bigger fowl. She was soaked and happy as a clam! She was dry and fluffy and pretty again by next morning.
  • April 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM
    Have four red silkie chicks and had four blue silkie chicks, but the blues have been dropping like flies. I dont know whats wrong. They do look smaller than the rec ones and oddly the ones that have died are the ones with the extra toes. My last blue silkie chick has a normal amount of toes (four) and it seems to be very active and healthy. Hope he doesnt pass too. The last one to die was my favorite. She had six toes on each foot.
    4 of 5 | March 24, 2013 at 05:42 PM Silkie's are a friendly chicken that have become an ambassador to the chicken world. Silkie's have softened the view of the chicken from a staple of the table to a soft, and cuddly pet to be loved, and cuddled.

    Pros: Must have for a broody.

    Cons: Some tend to be too broody, to their on detriment.

    Recommended? Yes

    I will always have silkie's for a number of reason. Very good chickens to introduce children to the hobby with. Second a must have to hatch the difficult eggs with i.e. quail, chukar, peacock as such. Third they will Mother just about anything.

  • March 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM
    Just got two Silkie chicks, and unsure of gender at this time. The Feed and Seed said they are non-bearded. Looking forward to getting to know them!