- Pets and Animals»
- Farm Animals & Livestock»
- Hens & Roosters
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.
Most chickens only have four toes. The fifth toe that Silkies possess can easily be seen on this white Silkie chick.
The five toes are readily apparent on this silkie foot.
Doesn't this guy look like a walking, clucking feather duster?
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.
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.
Although this little guy appears bi-colored, he will become a beautiful black Silkie.
This guy can come dust my furniture anytime!
One of the features of a Silkie, having blue earlobes, is often hidden by a beard of feathers as shown in this picture.
The buff coloration is one of the colors recognized by the American Bantam Association.
A beautiful example of a buff rooster.
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.
Silkie chicks are really cute when they're little (to the right), and then they turn into teenagers (below).
But the teen-agers can bring a smile to your face too.
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.
An example of beautifully colored chicks.
A typical Partridge is pictured to the right.
It's easy to see why these are called partridge Silkies.
Even under all that fluff, you can see traces of the blue earlobe that Silkies possess.
Another beautiful batch of chicks.
Even Blue and Pink Ones!
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!
All Rights Reserved
© Copyright 2011 Cindy Murdoch (homesteadbound)
Your Future is Waiting! Do you feel you have great information or stories to share with others? Sign Up Here. . . It’s quick, easy and free to join HubPages!
A BIG Thank You!
Other Silkie Chicken Articles:
- Silkie Chicken Facts: A Furry Chicken
"Silkie Bantam Chickens are an incredibly unique breed of chicken, adorned with more fancy features than any other breed." ... silkies certainly have the ability to enchant.
- What is a Silkie Chicken? The Silkie Chicken Saga
Which brings us to the matter at hand – the silkie. I’m trying to decide what chickens would work best on our homestead, and on the list that I share with my husband is the silkie. His first question was, “What is a silkie?” And our story begins...
- Looking for an Opportune Moment: The Silkie Chicken Saga Continues
The Silkie Chicken Saga Continues...Just suffice it to say, I knew it would get him going. I like to wind him up every now and then – keeps him guessing, and things interesting. But that was just the beginning ...
Other Poultry Related Articles:
- How an Egg is Formed - Egg Anomalies - Abnormal Eggs
So you think you know what an egg looks like? Did you know that eggs can have more than one yolk or shell? Do you know what a cock egg is?
- What is a Turken or Turkin? A Naked Neck Chicken
This breed, also known as the Transylvanian Naked Neck, was first bred in Hungary, and later perfected in Germany. Contrary to what some folks believe, the Naked Neck is 100% chicken-not a cross between turkey and chicken.
- Hens for the Homestead or Backyard Chicken Coop: Top 10 Chicken Breeds
With hundreds of chicken breeds in existence, picking only 10 can be a daunting task...research of finding the chicken breed or breeds that would be good for a homestead, I found that several characteristics were better for my homestead situation. I
- My Pet Chicken
Backyard Chickens from My Pet Chicken: chicken coops, pictures of chicken breeds and information on how to raise backyard chickens, plus gifts for chicken lovers like rooster décor!
- SHOW-ME Silkies & Stuff
Site showcasing my Silkies, Pheasants, Guinea,other fowl & pets. We have quality hatching eggs and more available.
Close-up of Silkie Foot, by AlishaV, in Flickr Commons