Silkie Bantam Chicken

[Gallus gallus]

Cycxbfgm87i5mh8qmk9y Silkie Bantam Chickens are a domestic breed named for their feathers, which are almost silk-like in appearance. The feathers come in a variety of colors, including black, white, blue, buff, brown, and gray. They may be bearded or non-bearded, but all have a crest of feathers on top of their heads. Feathers on their legs and feathers continue along the middle toe on each foot. They have short, stout legs ending in 5 toes, with three out front straight and the hind toe double. The Silkie Bantam is the only breed of bantam with black skin.

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Range
Silkie Bantam Chickens probably originated in eastern Asia (China) but now are kept domestically worldwide.
Habitat
Silkie Bantam Chickens inhabit a warm, dry places with low perches and nesting boxes.
Gestation
Silkie Bantam Chickens incubate their eggs for 22 days.
Litter
Clutch: 8 – 12 eggs
Behavior
Silkie Bantam Chickens are known for their gentle, docile nature, and they are dependable egg layers. Some breeders keep silkies to help hatch extra eggs, since they will adopt almost any kind of poultry or game fowl.
Reproduction
Silkies lay medium-sized eggs, ranging in color from white to light brown. Males help raise the chicks.
Wild Diet

Zoo Diet
Diet in the zoo includes game bird chow, small amount of greens (produce), and occasionally mealworms.
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