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The Silkie (sometimes incorrectly spelled Silky) is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and come in several colors (red, gold, blue, black, white, and partridge). In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. Silkies most likely originated in China, but Southeast Asia is also sometimes proposed. The first western account of the breed comes from Marco Polo, who mentioned chickens with fur-like plumage in his Asian travelogues in the 13th century. Today, the breed is recognized for exhibition, and is fairly common in the poultry world. Little Spoodle soaking up the sun whilst snuggling up to Ivory, our Orpington hen… Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand June 2012

I’m Silk In A Sea Of Feathers!!! – Silky Hen

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I’m Silk In A Sea Of Feathers!!! – Silky Hen

FEATURED JUNE 2012

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    What a beauty. I always thought they were such beautiful little chickens.

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Bunny… she is so funny to watch…

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    How beautiful! I’m learning so much from you about chickens and other birds.

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Dot… I am learning too, each time I capture something new I learn about it…

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    Wow, what a unique beauty, Great Close up

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 2 years ago

    LOL. Did you wake it up Andrea. It looks a bit cross.

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Al… She has that look…lol

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    Amazing xx

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnabout 2 years ago

    Beauuuuuuuutiful little creature and shot!

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Trixi… she is a little beauty…

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 2 years ago

    such a beautiful soft little thing

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Loree… Her feathers feel like cat fur and not feathers… they sure are amazing.

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful hen and capture Andrea … interesting info … I’d never heard of them before :)

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Susie.. This is my first one, I had never seen them before either or heard of them…

    – AndreaEL

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 2 years ago

    what a beauty!!!!!

  • Thank you, your kind comments are always so very much appreciated Sally

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    I could cuddle up to Silkie Andrea ! Silkie is lovely and the write-up very informative !
    By the way, I am buying bits and pieces today for the bird feeding station such as – heated swimming pool, three course meals etc and have started an advertising campaign : Birds of Gore, leave the cold for the winterless north……lol !

  • Thanks so much Roy, she sure is a soft little pet, and too cute for words. As for the birds in Gore… well good luck with that, they love this place…. I don’t think a heated pool will tempt them away…lol

    – AndreaEL

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