The roosters are generally taller than the hens (and this is noticeable only to the experienced keepers), but for a newbie, only a DNA test can determine the gender. Silkie chickens can be bearded or non-bearded, A DNA determines the sex of a Silkie chick, Silkie rooster’s meat has healing properties, Silkie Rooster Appearance and Breed Standard, Silkie Rooster: Characteristics and Care Guide. So a container full of clean water as well. Silkie roosters are expensive, so if one has it, he and his rooster become the town’s widely discussed topic. They really enjoy interacting with humans and are a pushover for lap time, where they frequently have a nap. The roosters often make good daddies anyway, and the extra rooster can help watch the chicks too. I’m fond of the Silkie roosters, so I had kept these aggressive birds at least from the time when I came to know what the world is? They are usually taken as aggressive birds, but in reality, they are calm, active, and quite friendly. They are usually observed living up to five to eight years under ordinary care and up to fifteen years under extraordinary care. All Silkie males are capable of crowing from 3 months of age, but not all will. Even if they are expensive, the upkeep cost is somewhat around the common chicken breeds. When the Silkies were brought to Europe for the first time, they confused the audience whether they are a chicken or rabbit’s offspring? This chicken breed is often called miniature chicken as they are relatively small, having a height between eight to fourteen inches only. There are some less reliable ways to tell if the chick is male or female, but the only authentic way to determine the sex of a silkie chick is to get a DNA test done. Jul 6, 2019 - Explore Dwyllis Harrison's board "Silkie Chickens", followed by 636 people on Pinterest. A Silkie roosters’ plumage is not only unique looking for a chicken, but it’s also different from a silkie hen and one of the ways you can tell a mature male from a female. Buying a rooster may leave your saving box empty for some time, but the upkeep cost isn’t something you need to be bothering about. Silkies are known for their unique genetic twist which gives them an additional 1 or 2 toes per foot. As beneath the dramatic appearance, a regular chicken resides, so providing raw chicken food, a healthy lifestyle is enough for them to live a well-balanced four to eight years life. A Silkie's beak should be grey or grey-blue. Often silkie roosters get along with each other fairly well, so it's not too much of a hardship, and their slightly lower fertility rates are offset with an extra rooster or two. Silkie roosters are slightly different from the standard chicken breeds as they have oval-shaped turquoise blue earlobes, fluffy plumages, five toes (typically, chickens have four toes), grey legs, dark-colored wattles, short but broad beaks, and black eyes, skin, and bones. Silkies can have white, black, gray, brown, and golden feathers. Others may appear blue as in the blue splash bearded Silkie chicken. The roosters weigh 2 – 2.25 lbs, while the hens weigh 2 lbs. While Silkie chickens are technically categorized as bantams, many people consider Silkies a different class of bird altogether. Feet are also grey, and a real Silkie has five toes. Bantams weigh up to 32 oz and the large fowl being between three and four pounds. PLEASE NOTE: the color blue does not hatch true in chickens. Blue Silkies are usually bantams. The wattles in the male are small and neat, and a … Though Silkies have a lot to be considered distinct from the traditional chicken breeds, black-pigmented skin, unique earlobes, and five toes are their prominent distinctive features. With a reputation as the number one Silkie Chicken rearer in the U.K. we guarantee the quality of our beautiful birds. According to PLoS one journal, The Silkie rooster got recognition from the rest of the world when Marco Polo mentioned him in his journal as “furry chicken.”. Got yet another egg from the blue Silkie! Blue Silkies originated from Silkies. Most are partridge, splash, blue/black A breeding pair of one hen and one rooster costs $250. Their keeper treats a six weeks old Silkie chicken the same way as they treat a two weeks old regular chick. They are known to call chicks over to treats in the yard when they are old enough to venture from their moms. 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