Silkie – Origin.

Silkie fowl chickens are an ancient breed, originating from China.
   

Silkie fowl chickens are an ancient breed, originating from China and imported to Europe around 1827. Via various trading routes, the silkie fowl became known under different names. They were very popular o­n markets, where they were sold as a cross-breed between a rabbit and a chicken.

Silkie fowls are the smallest of all fowls, properly speaking: half a dwarf-fowl. They weigh about 1000 to 1600 gramme.

The silkie fowl’s figure is best compared with the figure of the Cochin dwarf fowl. Characteristics are that the body must be round, the feathering soft, the skin dark and the earlobe light blue.

The hens have a bulging tuft. De roosters have a typical backward leaning tuft.

Silkie fowls are an affectionate, docile and trustful breed. They can be made tame easily.

The hens are not famous for their egg-production (100 eggs a year), but they excel in brooding and raising their offspring.

Because of their reliable brooding qualities, they are often used as foster-mother for hatching pheasant eggs.