The fluffy Silkie chicken

The Silkie is a versatile chicken that adapts well to different living conditions. They feel at home in both large gardens and smaller spaces. In addition, they are good broilers and take excellent care of their chicks. At De Meidoornhoeve, we are happy to share our knowledge about the care and behavior of these special chickens.

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Origins of Silkie chickens

The Silkie chicken, also known as the Silkie, is a fascinating and unique breed of chicken that originated in Asia. This particular breed has a long and rich history dating back to at least the 13th century. Silkie chickens are loved for their silky feathers, calm temperament and striking appearance, making them a favorite among chicken lovers worldwide.

Characteristics of the Silkie

Silkie hens are easily recognized by their unique feather structure, which looks more like silk or fur than traditional feathers. This is due to a genetic trait that lacks the hooks of the feathers, making them soft and fluffy to the touch. In addition to their silky fur, Silkies often have black skin and bones, which makes them even more unique.

The Silkie’s colors vary and can include white, black, blue, splash, and many other colors. They also have a distinctive crest on their head and five toes on each foot, as opposed to the usual four in other chicken breeds.

Health and care

Although Silkie fowl are generally healthy and robust, their special plumage requires extra attention. It is important to keep their feathers clean and dry to avoid health problems. In addition, they are sensitive to cold and moisture, so extra care is needed during wet and cold weather conditions. At De Meidoornhoeve, we make sure our Silkie chickens receive the best care and nutrition to ensure their health and well-being.

Origin and history

The Silkie chicken has its roots in China, where the breed has been prized for centuries. The first descriptions of the Silkie are found in Chinese writings from the 13th century, where they were praised for their unique coat and quiet nature. Marco Polo, the famous Venetian explorer, also described chickens with “hair like that of a cat” during his travels through Asia, which is believed to be a reference to the Silkie.

From China, the breed spread to other parts of Asia and eventually to Europe via the Silk Road. By the 18th century, Silkies were well established in Europe and became popular as ornamental chickens because of their exotic appearance and friendly nature.

Friendly and social character

Silkies are known for their exceptionally calm and tame nature. They are sociable and love to be around people, making them ideal companion animals. Their gentle and friendly nature makes them perfect for families with children and for beginning chicken keepers.

Silkie chickens at De Meidoornhoeve.

Our animals are kept in optimal conditions and receive high-quality nutrition, so they maintain their unique beauty and friendly character. Visit us and discover for yourself the charm of Silkie chickens. Be surprised by their striking appearance and calm nature.