Silk chickens lack the typical feather structure of birds with a closed "feather flag" so that all feathers are fluffy like down feathers. Therefore they cannot fly. The calm, trusting hens breed very reliably. They even stay seated when all of their eggs are taken away. Since they also lead their chicks well they are often taken as "foster mothers" for less reliable chicken breeds.
Stem type: junglefowl 5,000 years ago
Weight: appox 600g
Breeding duration: 21 days
feed: wheat, corn, barley, rye, oats
Power: almost 100 eggs / year; very good brood hen