- 3 years ago
This is a silkie. Or to put it officially, a bearded white bantam silkie hen (probably. It could be a pullet but there’s really no way to tell just by looking at it). I raise chickens and started out with four silkies. I know they are not very smart and don’t move all that much but I adore them…and I usually hate anything fluffy or cute. These chickens were discovered by Marco Polo and were used by the Chinese when the Great Wall was being built to sit, or brood, on the eggs and keep them warm during the freezing tempatures. They have no barbs on their feathers like other birds species, giving them their downy, fluffy look. Their skin is black (but I think it looks a little blue) and thus is used for many different tradtional Chinese dishes including black skin soup. They even have darker colored bones that some people think look black. They come in many different veriates such as white, black, blue, lavander, buff, partridge, splash, cukoo, and (very rarely) red, but the most common colors are white and black. There is also a type of silike that is non-bearded, exposing the blueish skin on the face, waddles and comb. I have heard there are large breed silikes in England. I would love to see some of those! The silikes here are all under five pounds and are very short in stature. I love silikes!