I'm Silk In A Sea Of Feathers!!! - Silky Hen - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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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

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