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Gallus gallus domesticus


a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and come in several colors (red, gold, blue, black, white, and partridge). Silkie plumage is unique among chicken breeds; Silkie-like feathering may appear as a recessive mutation in individuals of other varieties, but no other true breed has it. It has been compared to silk, and to fur. Their feathers lack functioning barbicels, and are thus similar to down on other birds and leave Silkies unable to fly. The overall result is a soft, fluffy appearance. Melanism which extends beyond the skin into an animal's connective tissue is a rare trait, and the Silkie is one of only a handful of chickens to exhibit it.The black meat of a Silkie is generally considered an unusual or unpalatable attribute in European and American cuisines. In contrast, several Asian cuisines consider Silkie meat a gourmet food. Chinese cuisine especially values the breed. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament


They do well in confinement, and interact very well with children. This docility can cause Silkies to be bullied by more active or aggressive birds when kept in mixed flocks.


@ Jungle Island. Silkies appear in two distinct varieties: Bearded and Non-bearded. Silkies most likely originated in China, but Southeast Asia is also sometimes proposed.

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tibiprada 6 years ago

Coheed2002: :-)

Coheed2002 6 years ago

Cool I have silky chickens to :)

tibiprada 6 years ago

alicelongmartin; That 's awesome ...

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Nice chicken, My son-in-law in VA raises some of these.

Miami, Florida, USA

Lat: 25.78, Long: -80.21

Spotted on Sep 22, 2011
Submitted on May 5, 2012

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