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Silkie Chickens are a favorite around here. If you are looking to add a new breed to your flock and aren’t sure which breed to get, Silkies are definitely a breed to consider. We have almost as many silkies as we do egg layers because we love our silkies so much!
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Reasons YOU need a few Silkie Chickens:
Silkie Chickens are Friendly
Silkie Chickens are the friendliest breed we have. They make great pets since they are so friendly.
Silkies tend to be calm and to like to be held and get attention. Also, Silkie roosters don’t tend to be aggressive. That’s not to say that ALL silkie roosters aren’t aggressive, we have one boy we affectionately (or not so affectionately) called “Big Bad”.
Generally, though, silkie chickens are calm, friendly and easy to handle which makes them a fantastic choice for a pet.
Silkies make great Brooders
If you want a broody girl in your flock to hatch out chicks, Silkies are the way to go!
Silkie hens tend to go broody often. Additionally, they make great moms (in general). Silkies often times will take on chicks who aren’t even theirs.
Silkies are Cute & Unique
Silkie chickens are just plain adorable. They are also very unique. Silkies have 5 toes instead of 4.
They also have feathered legs and feet. Additionally, Silkie Chickens have crests (big poofs on top of their heads). They also sometimes have beards (puffs under their chin) and vaulted skulls (pointed heads). You can even get them as Frizzle chickens.
And, of course, their Silkie feathers are not typical feathers, but rather soft down. Oh, and did we mention, they also have black skin.
So, if you are looking for a unique chicken unlike your others, silkies are a great choice!
So Many Colors!
Silkies come in SO many different colors. Plus, there are a lot of project colors too.
Project colors are non-standard colors that people work on to get them to become standard.
Silkies are a bantam breed. Bantams are like mini chickens. They are usually about half the size of a standard breed.
Since Silkies are a bantam breed they don’t take up much room in the coop. And, also, they will eat less feed. So, if you are concerned with space or the cost to feed chickens then silkies can help take some of the pressure off there.
Or, their small size MAY just mean that you can have more of them – that’s certainly what has happened here!
Why do you love Silkies?
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