Chocolate Silkie (Large Fowl) Breed Information
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this breed. You can also become a member of this club for under £10
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, a members list, history of the
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improve the breeding of Silkies
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Eastern Asia, (China, Java, India or Japan). Their
ancestry is unknown but they are believed to be the ‘furry chickens’
referred to by Marco Polo in his book ‘The Travels’ wrote in 1599.
Light: Soft feather Egg Colour:
Stylish, compact and lively.
Body is broad and stout looking. Back short, saddle
silky and rising to the tail, stern broad and abundantly covered
with fine fluff, saddle hackles soft, abundant and flowing. Breast
broad and full. Shoulders stout, square, and fairly covered with
neck hackles. Wings are soft and fluffy at the shoulders, ends of
the flights are ragged and ‘osprey plumage’ (i.e. some strands of
the flight hanging loosely downward). Tail short and very ragged at
the end of the harder feathers of the tail proper. It should not be
flowing for forming a short round curve.
Short and neat, with a good crest, soft and full, as
upright as the comb will permit, and having half a dozen to a dozen
soft, silky feather streaming gracefully backwards from the lower
back part of the crest to a length of around 1½ inches (3.75cm). The
crest proper should not show any hardness of feather. Beak short and
broad at the base. Eyes are brilliant black and not too prominent.
Comb almost circular in shape, preferably broader than long and with
a number of small prominences over it and having a slight
indentation or furrow transversely across the middle. The face is
smooth. Ear-lobes are more oval than round. Wattles concave, nearly
semi-circular, not long or pendant.
Short or medium length, broad and full at base with the
hackle being abundant and flowing. Legs & Feet:
scaliness. Thighs are wide apart and legs are short. No hard
feathers on the hocks but a profusion of soft silky plumage is
admissible. Thighs covered with abundant fluff. The feathers on the
legs should be moderate in quantity. Five toes all feathered with
Plumage: Very silky and fluffy with a profusion of hair-like
General Characteristics: Female -
Saddle broad and well cushioned with the silkiest of plumage which
should nearly smother the small tail. The ragged ends alone
protruding from the tail and inclined to be ‘Cochiny’ in appearance.
The legs are particularly short in the female and the underfluff and
thigh fluff should nearly meet the ground. The head crest is short
and neat, like a powder puff with no hard feathers, nor should the
eye be hidden by the crest, which should stand up and out, not split
by the comb. Ear-lobes small and roundish. Wattles are either absent
or very small and oval in shape. Comb is small. Other
characteristics are similar to those of the male, except for other
natural sexual differences.
Colour: Chocolate brown all over. The beak should be brownish. Eyes
are black. Comb, face and wattles are mulberry. Ear-lobes are
turquoise blue or mulberry with turquoise being preferred. Legs and
feet lead. Nails are blue-white and the skin is mulberry.
Male: Not less than 4 lb (1.81kg) Female: Not less than 3 lb