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Fur, Feathers & Scales - Silkie Chickens

Some of you may know I have my own little flock of chickens in my backyard, but I also work with chickens at my zoo job!  We have two silkie chickens--one hen and one rooster.  Their names are Diana and Red, and they are hilarious!  Red crows all the time, and always lets Diana eat first and steal his food.  If we leave the back door open, they willingly stroll inside looking for someone to toss them a handful of mealworms.


Silkie chickens get their names from their soft, fluffy feathers and  are much smaller than most other chickens.
They have dark skin and even dark grey muscles and bones (so I've read.).  Weird, right?




Chickens are so much fun to watch because they have such goofy movements. I mean, just look at this guy:



Even weirder is that they have more toes than other kinds of chickens. These guys have five per foot!. 
 

I didn't photograph Diana much, but I did get this gem...



And here's a behind-the-scenes peek at our set-up.  It's pretty entertaining to have chickens pecking around your classroom!
















If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out my other Fur, Feathers & Scales posts!
Our Backyard Chickens
Have you met my chickens?  We have two Rhode Island Reds, and one Barred Rock (aka Plymouth Rock).  Our chickens have a fenced-in coop area in the corner of our yard, but most days we let them out into the full backyard for a little while so they can scratch around for some bugs and seeds. 




Chickens are hilarious, and it's really easy to take care of them.  I highly recommend them--plus, you get eggs!  This summer, we plan on building a better coop for them, and maybe even getting one or two more chickens. Our town only allows households to have up to six hens, but I'd love to have a little more space one day to have even more.



We also raise mealworms and give them to the chickens as treats.  They get really excited and run to us when we bring out "the box."  The chickens even will even jump to grab the worms!



Would you ever have backyard chickens?  Do you have chickens already?