By Josie February 1st, 2023
But there's much more to this birdie than its looks.
With its fluffy feathers resembling fur, this petite bird is one of the most visually unique breeds of chickens.
According to legend, Chinese Emperors kept Silkies in the imperial palace and were highly valued for their medicinal properties.
There is little documentation, but it probably developed more than 2,000 years ago in ancient China.
The American Poultry Association officially recognized the breed first in 1874.
Traders and merchants brought Silkies to Europe in the 13th century.
Today it's popular globally as pets, for farming and poultry shows.
Silkies are miniature to medium-sized breeds of chicken.
Hens typically weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds.
Naturally roosters are a touch bigger, weighing between 3 and 4 pounds.
Silkies have a fluffy and soft plumage that is “silky” or “satin-like.”
The feathers lack the barbicels that hold the feather together, thus making them look like hair.
You should groom them regularly to remove debris and dirt and to prevent feather problems.
Silkies have a unique characteristic: they lack feathers on their legs and feet.
They can tolerate both warm and cold weather, making them suitable for different climates.
Silkies are very broody, meaning they strongly desire to sit on and hatch eggs.
Their skin is black, and so is their meat.
Silkies are docile and friendly birds that enjoy human interaction.
They are usually quite active and enjoy foraging for food.
However, make sure to handle them regularly to get them used to it.
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Silkies have a lot to offer, from their unique and beautiful appearance to their gentle and friendly nature.
All in all they make great pets.