Silkie Chicken Colors in Pictures

© Copyright 2011 Cindy Murdoch (homesteadbound)

The origin of the Silkie is uncertain. It is believed that they originated in India, China or Japan. They made their appearance in Europe around 200 years ago; and then they were sold as a cross between a rabbit and a chicken! That means they might have been called rabkens or chickbits, much the same as the "turken" who was thought to be a cross between a turkey and a chicken.

The American Bantam Association defines 6 standard colors: black, blue, buff, white, partridge, splash, and gray. Other colors that are also popular although not accepted as standard are: red, lavender, porcelain, and cuckoo.

As you browse through these pictures, please click on any picture to view a larger image of the Silkie that you would like to see more clearly.

White Silkie Chick
White Silkie Chick | Source

White Silkie

Most chickens only have four toes. The fifth toe that Silkies possess can easily be seen on this white Silkie chick.

Close-up of Silkie Foot
Close-up of Silkie Foot

The five toes are readily apparent on this silkie foot.

White Silkie
White Silkie | Source

Doesn't this guy look like a walking, clucking feather duster?

White Silkie Close-Up
White Silkie Close-Up | Source

The Silkies' feathers are furry, or fluffy, because their feathers do not have barbs. Their feathers also do not have the hard shaft that runs down most feathers. These two traits cause their feathers to be the beautiful, fluffy feathers that you see here.

Close-Up of Feet
Close-Up of Feet | Source

As can be seen in the picture to the right, Silkies have feathers on their feet. And, long toe-nails that often require trimming and filing.

Black Silkie Chick
Black Silkie Chick | Source

Black Silkie

Although this little guy appears bi-colored, he will become a beautiful black Silkie.

Black Silkie
Black Silkie | Source

This guy can come dust my furniture anytime!

Black Silkie Close-up
Black Silkie Close-up | Source

One of the features of a Silkie, having blue earlobes, is often hidden by a beard of feathers as shown in this picture.

Buff Silkie Chick
Buff Silkie Chick | Source

Buff Silkie

The buff coloration is one of the colors recognized by the American Bantam Association.

Buff Silkie Rooster
Buff Silkie Rooster | Source
Buff Silkie Close-Up
Buff Silkie Close-Up | Source


Owners sometimes have to trim the feathers over their eyes as these tend to hang down and block their vision.

This photo shows a bearded (on the right) and a non-bearded (on the left).

The wattle and the bright blue earlobes are easily seen on the non-bearded Silkie.

Blue Silkie Chicks
Blue Silkie Chicks | Source

Blue Silkie

Silkie chicks are really cute when they're little (to the right), and then they turn into teenagers (below).

Blue Silkie Chick
Blue Silkie Chick | Source

But the teen-agers can bring a smile to your face too.

Blue Silkies
Blue Silkies | Source

Silkie feathers do not have a firm center shaft; therefore, air flows through their feathers rather than around them. Because of this, Silkies cannot fly.

Partridge Silkie Chicks
Partridge Silkie Chicks | Source

Partridge Silkie

An example of beautifully colored chicks.

Partridge | Source

A typical Partridge is pictured to the right.

Partridge Silkie
Partridge Silkie | Source

It's easy to see why these are called partridge Silkies.

Partridge Silkie
Partridge Silkie | Source
Partridge Rooster
Partridge Rooster

Even under all that fluff, you can see traces of the blue earlobe that Silkies possess.

Red Silkie Chicks
Red Silkie Chicks | Source

Red Silkie

Another beautiful batch of chicks.

Splash Silkie
Splash Silkie | Source

Splash Silkie

Even Blue and Pink Ones!

Show Girl Silkie
Show Girl Silkie | Source

Show Me Silkie

Silkies have blue/black skin, meat and bones. This characteristic is highly visible on this Silkie. This Silkie reminds me of a Turken.

In fact the breeder (Show-Me Silkies) has shared that 15 generations ago a turken was indeed used in the creation of this Silkie - 15 generations and lots of selective breeding!

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Much gratitude and thanks goes to Show-Me Silkies and My Pet Chicken for allowing these wonderful pictures to be used in the creation of this article. Thank you!


Close-up of Silkie Foot, by AlishaV, in Flickr Commons

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Comments: "Silkie Chicken Colors in Pictures" 41 comments

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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

They are so adorable! I especially like the White Silkie. What a cute hub!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I kept seeing really cute pictures of these guys and wanted to share them. I'm glad you enjoyed them too, Jeannieinabottle.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Cathd, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. They are really gorgeous chickens!

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Too cute!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

WOW, I love these cuties, especially the white silkie, thank you for sharing.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Movie Master, thanks for stopping by. I agree with you - they certainly are cute!

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jodiejay71 5 years ago

They are all adorable! Enjoyed the article!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I agree with you, jodiejay71. Unfortunately, your son does not! I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

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funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

Wow. Those are some cool birds. I love the hair. And the colored chickens are awesome. I am guessing that is of course a dye? :D

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

funmontreatgirl - They really are cool looking. I don't think the colored ones are dyed.

When I think about them being dyed, a very interesting picture comes to mind. Carnations are dyed by cutting the stems and then allowing the flowers to soak up colored water which then tints a white carnation. Would they then have to stand the chicks in colored water to get a chick that looks like this? :>)

Can you imagine one of these guys if they were having a bad hair day?

Thanks for stopping by!

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thumbi7 5 years ago from India

Very beautiful and rare pictures. Thanks for sharing

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

thumbi7 - It was my pleasure to be able to share with you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

claire 5 years ago

i just love silkies - i have a trio and one 12 day old chick ( not sure why he/she only has 4 toes ) they are the most delightfullest of birds. Mine are all black and adorable. I love your pics

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Claire - I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures. They are really adorable looking birds and so soft too. I bet you 12 day old chick is adorable, and heading into that ugly stage, to head back to cute. Enjoy your Silkies! Thanks for posting.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Awwwe! These silkies are so adorable. I could take them all and make them my family. How in the world are the pink and lavender silkies born with their colors? Oh, I enjoyed this hub so very much. Thank you Homestead. Voted UP!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - I wish I could answer that question. When I was looking on youtube for videos, most of these oddly colored chicks were not being filmed in the US. I myself questioned the authenticity, but I could find no where that told me they were not really that color.

Did you read my previous comment about colored carnations? That's what I think about when I think about these brightly colored chickens.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

I just love this Hub - these pictures are adorable!!!

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

I have never seen so many insane chicken in one place. Pink chicken is one of those things I would never believe if I don't see it. Thanks for the great hub! :)

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

How cute are those chickens!!! They remind me of an 80's version of some guys I used to know..haha

I dont have silkies but sure would love too...hummm maybe next batch of chicks..Thanks Cindy for sharing a great informationa hub..


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Ardie - I'm with you! These chickens truly are adorable. That is why I keep telling my husband I want one.

Haunty - I agree, if someone had told me there were pink chickens, I would not have believed them. But the video certainly shows it to be true!

Oh, Sunny! That is too funny. I hope you get your silkies. They are very broody and the eggs are small since they are small. But they do make good brood hens for hatching the larger chicken's eggs.

A special thanks to all of you for stopping by and making this birthday (bird-day) one I will remember!

sparkydog 4 years ago


i love silkies and i love the colour buff .

do any of you know if there is any one in South Austrailia who sells silkie chicks.

i want silkies so much and would realy like some one to reply to this question.

oh and one more thing they have to be hens.

council reasons =(

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, Sparkydog! I love Silkies also. They are very beautiful. I did a search on Silkie chickens for sale in Australia and found that they were for sale. Just do a search and you will be able to fine them. Good luck. I hope you are able to get them and that you enjoy them.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much Cindy for sharing this gem and enjoy your weekend.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Eddy, So glad you enjoyed it. Hope you have a great one as well.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Eddy!

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jodiejay71 4 years ago

Too cute..good article, Cindy! Keep up the good work.

Tee 4 years ago

Can anyone tell me the difference between a Japanese silky roaster and a Japanese chicken that have just got all there feathers now

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Tee - I am not sure. They may very well be the same.

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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

I would love to make them as pets!

Voted up and awesome, interesting. :)

Lovely Lady 3 years ago

I really want a silkie and my husband and I are considering getting one. We have had chickens before and was wondering if they are raised/taken care of the same way?

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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

They are a little smaller than regular chickens and because of their feathers, espcially on their feet, they do not tolerate being in water - might tend to get more sick because of this. Just keep them warm and dry.

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OklaOutlaw 3 years ago

Hello homesteadbound, I just wanted to clarify some things for you...

The blue and pink silkies from the video above (that look kind of like cotton candy) are dyed. Sorry guys, they do not presently have the genetics to create such colors.

The Show Girls are just that, they are a separate breed that was created by crossing a Turken and a Silky. These birds demand a very high price if they are of good quality. It does take many, many generations to stabilize a type when creating a new breed.

Hope this helps and good article!


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OklaOutlaw 3 years ago

Sorry, I forgot to add that Japanese chickens are a breed of their own and are completely different in looks than a Silky.

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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

OklaOutlaw - Thanks so much for stopping by and clarifying some issues. Glad you enjoyed the article.

P.Harless 3 years ago

I would love to raise silkies! I love the Polish too!

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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

They are really pretty, but they are small. They do make great brood hens though.

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angelsunawares 3 years ago

Just wanted to add a link that would clarify that the bright colors are indeed dyed.

IF one decides to do so [I understand that this can be controversial and mixed feelings exist], please DO take care to use an unsweetened product as per the instructions. Anything with sugar will attract insects and has the potential to be hazardous for your animal. Koolaid dyeing will produce bright, long lasting colors and is used in doll making--my personal experience with it.

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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the link, angelsunawares. As long as it is safe for the chick, I think it is okay to dye them, although I prefer them natural.

nancy 2 years ago

i luv em gotta get some diffentnely

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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

I agree with you nancy! They are a pretty awesome chicken.

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