White Silkie Chicken is a very old breed of hen. They are found in history books going back around 2000 years ago in China, reaching the UK around the mid 1880’s. They are a unique breed. They are considered lap kitty of the chicken world but unlike other pets, they can provide you breakfast.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.
They belong to class “Feather-legged bantam”.
The White Silkie Chicken have unusualfluffy anddowny feathering. Their flesh is dark grey, while their face, bones and skin is black. Like unusual feathering, the number of their toes is also unusual i.e. 5 instead of normal 4. They have grey-bluish beaks. Their legs are also covered with feathers. Their earlobes are turquoise blue. The fluffiness makes them look much bigger than they actually are – and makes them feel very soft to the touch.
Silkie chickens are known to be wonderful brooders,and can also adopt to raise ducklings and goslings. They make great, nurturing mothers and raising a clutch of eggs is in their nature.White Silkie Chicken love friendly company and attention. The chicks chatter away as they follow their mothers, once they are about six months old. Because of their downy feathers, they cannot fly and are easy target for predators. They don’t like wet and muddy habitats because they have fur like feathers. They stay happy in dry and contained places.
White Silkie Chicken are of such gentle nature that they can get bullied in a flock of other breeds. They do not do well in cold climates because their fur is not very thick.
They are not good egg-layers. They can lay up to 120 eggs a year. Sometimes, they stop laying eggs in summer. Their eggs are comparatively small and are of creamy-brown color.
An adult, male White Silkie weighs about 1.5 kilogram while the female weighs between 1.2 kilograms.