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Black Silkie (Large Fowl) Breed Information

The cockerel’s father was the winner at the National Championship Show 2008 and is a stunning large bird. Some of the females are breed from Tinson and Hidden Silkies line which are probably the best silkies around. They have all the correct features required by the standard and are large birds.

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We are a member of the Silkie Club of Great Britain and keep abreast of all the latest news regarding this breed. This helps us maintain our high standards and great show results with this breed. You can also become a member of this club for under £10 per year. By joining you will receive an annual newsletter and year book. You will also receive a Rules and Standard for breeding quality Silkies, a members list, history of the breed information and this way you will be helping to encourage and improve the breeding of Silkies for exhibition and utility purposes as well as having access to assistance from expert breeders. The club will keep you posted with all the latest information and show results regarding this breed. For more information on how to join contact us.
 
Origin: 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.

Classification: Light: Soft feather Egg Colour: Tinted or cream

General Characteristics:
Carriage: Stylish, compact and lively.
Type: 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.
Head:
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.
Neck: Short or medium length, broad and full at base with the hackle being abundant and flowing. Legs & Feet: Free from scaleiness. 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 soft feathers.
Plumage: Very silky and fluffy with a profusion of hair-like feathers.

Colour: Black all over with a beetle-green sheen. A minimal amount of colour in hackle is permissible, but not desirable. The beak should be slaty-blue. 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.

Weight: Large Fowl

Male: Not less than 4 lb (1.81kg)
Female: Not less than 3 lb (1.36kg)
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