Silkie Chickens are one of the most popular chicken breeds for pets. They tend to be friendlier than most other chickens and often enjoy being carried around, particularly if handled from a young age. One of the things that make them so popular as pets is the fact they are friendly, even the roosters are not usually as mean as the roosters of some other breeds. However it should be noted that they are gentle even among other chickens and as such tend to be bullied if in with other breeds.
Silkie chicken hens are terrific mothers and are noted as being very broody hens - often used to hatch and/or raise chicks from other chickens, or even game birds.
At five months of age the hens start laying light brown eggs, and, like all hens, will lay eggs even without a rooster. Laying does tend to decrease after two years, but a well cared for pet Silkie can live for more than 8 years.
|Our silkie rooster and a chick.|
Silkies are small chickens, even their standard size is small, but they also come in a bantam size as well.
Read about what happened to us when one of our hens hatched 9 chicks and one hatched late!