Silkies

A "pile" of Blue Silkies
Photo courtesy of Mary DeGayner

This breed was developed in the Orient, probably in Japan. The feathers don't have barbs or quills, and the birds look and feel like Persian cats! Some of the varieties are Black, Blue, Buff, Partridge, Silver-grey and White. Interesting characteristics of the breed are its 5 toes and black skin. They also have walnut combs, which should be a deep mulberry approaching black. Red comb and wattles are disqualifications. Silkie hens are among the best to use as broodies if you want to hatch your eggs out under hens. They make wonderful mothers and I've known a silkie rooster to steal a brood of very young chicks and raise them himself -- this is a very nurturing breed!

To cut down on load time, Silkie chicks are on a separate page.


Breed clubs:

American Silkie Bantam Club
Carina Moncrief
23754 Spenser Butte Dr.
Gavilan Hills, CA 92570
951-801-8368
e-mail: cmoncrief@verizon.net

The Silkie Club of Great Britain
e-mail: thesecretary@thesilkieclub.co.uk

Silkie Club of Australia, Inc.
Helen Barnes
e-mail: hmbarnes2@bigpond.com

The Crested Breeds Club of Australia

The Silkie Club of New Zealand
e-mail: vicki.roy@xtra.co.nz

Swiss Silky and Poland Breeders Club (Schweizerischer Siedenhuhn- und Haubenhźhner-Zźchterclub)
Secretary Heinz Mathys
Egelmoosstrasse 10
CH-5742 Kšlliken, Switzerland
e-mail: k.h.mathys@bluewin.ch

Dutch Silky Fowl Club
e-mail: silkie@ptram.demon.nl

Nègre-soie Club de France (French Silkie Club)


Silkie Links:

Surfing with Silkies is Inga Ladd's attempt to link every Silkie page on the web!

Brandon's Silkies Mailing List

ARISTOSOIE : LA POULE - a French page on Silkies

Welcome to the J Bar's Silkies

Satin Silkies

Brown Egg Blue Egg has a couple pages on Silkie Chickens

Here's HatTrick Silkies

Elsanor is a French page on Silkies with lots of pictures

Exhibition Silkies in the UK

Amber Waves Show Silkies (Bearded)

Silkies at myminifarm.com

Silkies at Lyn's Almost a Farm

Silkies at Birds of Paradise

You'll find Silkies at Indigo Egg

Steve Wheat's Bantam Barn

Golden Egg Farm

Rachele Silkie -- in English and Italian and I also saw some French and German

Silkie Breeders of Australia

Windchyme Silkies

Sundown Silkies

Bearded Silkies at Harvest Breeze Farm

Crested Horizon Poultry

In spite of their name, Duckopolis has Silkies

Silkies at Our Flybabies

On the black skin of Silkies

Silkies at Stellar Gamebirds

Carter's Legacy Farms sells Silkies.

More Silkies from Devine Unity Holistic Center


Silkies preparing for Easter?
Food coloring is used to do this

Bantam White Silkies, from the UK, with a Modern Game bantam hen for size comparison
Photo courtesy of Frances A. Bassom

From the UK, bantam and large fowl Silkies, males in the right photo
Photos courtesy of Sue Flude

And here, from Germany, are bantam and large Silkie males
In the US, our Silkies are all considered bantams, but they are actually intermediate in size between the European bantams and large fowl
The bantam belongs to Friedel Schwager and the large fowl to Herman-Josef Gerling

Photo courtesy of Sue Flude

And here are the European bantam and large fowl females
The bantam belongs to Friedel Schwager and the large fowl to Herman-Josef Gerling

Photo courtesy of Sue Flude

Silkie heads: Bearded Black female and Non-bearded White pair, male on right
Photos courtesy of Senia Phillips

Silkies are known for, among other things, their black skin!
Photo courtesy of Heather Langdon

Cuckoo Silkie pullets
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bryant

And here's the head of a Bearded White Silkie bantam cock from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Ivan Petersen

Two Silkie males: A Cuckoo cockerel and a Black cock
Photos courtesy of Julie Rountree

The head of a Bearded White Silkie pullet
Photo courtesy of David Sapp & showmesilkies.com

"Charlie," a Black Silkie cockerel
Photo courtesy of Megan Brown

A farmyard Silkie cockerel
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A pair of White Silkies, male on the left

A Blue Silkie pullet, Ginger Red cockerel and Partridge hen
Photos courtesy of Kris Kraeuter, Brushyrun Heritage Poultry

Silkies are best known for their excellent qualities as broodies. Here's a White Silkie hen raising her own chick
Photo courtesy of Daniel Lee Heller

A Bearded Partridge Silkie hen
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A White Silkie rooster's head from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

"Poof," my friend Margo's Silver-grey rooster

A Bearded Silver Silkie hen from Germany
Photo courtesy of Friedel Schwager

Two shots of a Porcelain Silkie hen
Photos courtesy of Tess Treutelaar

This is "Izzy," a Splash Silkie pullet and the head of another Splash Silkie pullet
Left photo courtesy of Michele Burns; right photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A nice pair of Buff Silkies
Photo courtesy of Heather Langdon

A Calico Silkie cockerel and his flock
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Webb

A pair of White Silkies
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bryant

"Castor," a Buff Silkie cock
Photo of "Castor" courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

A pair of Splash Silkies
Photo courtesy of Laura Phillips

Non-bearded Black Silkies from the UK
Photos courtesy of Lou Hidden

"Trilby," Shahbazin's Black Silkie hen
Photo of "Trilby" courtesy of Shahbazin

A Buff Silkie hen
Photo courtesy of David Sapp & showmesilkies.com

A Silver Partridge Silkie cockerel and 3 views of an excellent Silver Partridge pullet
Photos courtesy of Danny De Meyer

"Disco," A Partridge Silkie pullet
Photo courtesy of Tina Anderson

A pair of Red Buff Silkies
Photos courtesy of Tyler Messer

A dark Blue Silkie hen

Paint Silkies
Photos courtesy of Aad Rijs

Paint (on left) vs. Splash Silkies
Photos courtesy of J. Ringnalda

A Cuckoo Silkie
Photo courtesy of Keith Harrell

Here's a lighter Blue Silkie female
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Punola

Silkies from Korea: A White trio and a Silver Partridge pullet
Photo courtesy of Lee Seong Woon

Frosted and Tortie Silkie roosters
Photos courtesy of Paula Shepard of Windchyme Silkies

A White Non-bearded Silkie female that was a winner in a UK show in 1998
Photo courtesy of Tony Phillips

A pair of Partridge Silkies
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Webb

White Silkie pullet (left) and hen
Photos courtesy of Michele Burns

A Splash Silkie pullet
Photo courtesy of Tyler Messer

Some White Silkies in Japan
Photo courtesy of Tyabo

A Splash Silkie pullet
Photo courtesy of Kris Kraeuter, Brushyrun Heritage Poultry

A Cuckoo Silkie hen and her head
Photos courtesy of Helena Gardner

A Black Silkie rooster in Japan
Photo courtesy of Tyabo

A nice pair of White Silkies
Photo courtesy of Parker

Another Bearded Black Silkie hen
Photo courtesy of Val Kelly

Another Splash Silkie cockerel
Photo courtesy of Charles Sutherland

Four-month-old Silkies
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Punola

"Booblit," Jenny's "lap Silkie"; Silkies do make great pets
Photo courtesy of Jenny

A pair of "Yangtze Silkies"
Someone was displaying these birds at the '98 Ohio Nationals. They are described as true-breeding for "clear skin & flesh and single comb." I have to admit that to me they just look like all the things one tries to avoid when breeding Silkies. If you produce a bird with light skin or a single comb you wonder what you are doing wrong and cull it! If anyone has any more real knowledge about these oddities, I'd appreciate hearing from you. You see, I read in one place that these Yangtzes were brought in from China. I don't believe it! Then I saw another note someone had written a while ago, mentioning the person "credited" with these birds and saying that he had been trying to develop them as a breed. A much more likely origin, in my opinion.

A pair of Red Cochin bantams with Silkie feathering that spontaneouly appeared in a closed flock of pure Red Cochins
Photo courtesy of Daniel Powell

And here's a couple Silkie-feathered Serama roosters
Left photo courtesy of H. S. Wong; right photo courtesy of Julie's Parrotdise

Silkie-feathered Serama hen and rooster
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Silkie-feathered Hedemora pullet
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

And finally: Double or nothing -- a Frizzled Silkie
Photo courtesy of Julie Rountree


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