The Silkie (named for its fluffy plumage) is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four.
In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament and are very easy to have as a pet – especially for children.
Hens are exceptionally broody, and care for young well. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying only about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species due to their broody nature.
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