The British Standard

The Silkie Standard As Set Out By The Silkie Club Of Great Britain



The Silkie is categorised as large fowl light breed by the Poultry Club of Great Britain (PCGB)

Egg Colour

Tinted to cream


Asia Silkie fowl have been mentioned by authorities for several hundred years. Some think that they originated in India, whilst others favour China and Japan. The Silkie is regarded as a light breed, and as such it must be exhibited. Its persistent broodiness is a breed characteristic, and either pure or crossed, the breed provides reliable broodies for the eggs of large fowl or bantams.


General Characteristics


The Male



  • Stylish, compact and lively


  • Body – 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 hackle.
  • Wings – soft and fluffy at the shoulders, with the ends of the flights ragged and Osprey plumage; (i.e. some strands of the flights hang loosely downwards).
  • Tail – short and very ragged at the end of the harder feathers of the tail proper. It should not be flowing, but forming a short round curve.


  • Short and neat.
  • Good crest, soft and full, and as upright as the comb will permit, having a six to twelve soft silky feathers streaming gracefully backwards from the lower back part of the crest to a length of 3.75cm (1½in).
  • Beak short and broad at the base.
  • Eyes brilliant black, and not too prominent.
  • Comb almost circular in shape, preferably broader than long, with a number of small prominence’s over it, and having a slight indentation or furrow transversely across the middle.
  • Face smooth.
  • Wattles concave, nearly semi-circular.
  • Ear lobes more oval than round.
  • Neck – short or medium length, broad and full at the base, with the hackles abundant and flowing.

Legs and feet

  • Free from scaliness.
  • Thighs wide apart and covered with abundant fluff. Legs short
  • Feathers on the legs should be moderate in quantity.
  • Toes five in number, with the fifth toe diverging from the fourth.
  • The middle and the outer toes feathered, but these feathers should not be hard.


  • Abundantly silky/fluffy, but with an excellent depth and quality of silk.


The Female

  • The saddle broad with the silkiest of plumage, which should nearly smother the small cushioned tail the ragged ends alone protruding.
  • The legs are particularly short in the female, and the under and thigh fluff should nearly meet the ground.
  • The head and crest is short and neat, and the eye should not be hidden by the crest, which should stand up and out, (not split be the comb)
  • Ear lobes small and roundish.
  • Wattles either absent, or very small and oval in shape.
  • Comb small.
  • Other characteristics are as in the male, allowing for sexual differences.




The White

Male and female plumage snow white.

The Black

Male and female plumage black all over, with a green sheen in the male. A minimal amount of colour in the hackle is permissible, but not desirable. The beak should be dark slate. Eyes black. Comb, face and wattles mulberry. Earlobes turquoise blue or mulberry, the former being preferable. Legs and feet lead. Nails blue white. Skin mulberry.

The Blue

Male and female plumage an even shade of blue from head to tail.

The Gold

Male and female plumage a bright even shade of gold throughout, with darker feathers in the tail of both sexes permissible.

The Partridge

Male Head and crest dark orange. Hackles orange / gold / brown, free from each feather having a clear black strip down the centre. Back and shoulders dark gold / partridge brown. Wing bar solid black. Primaries black, free from any white. Secondaries, outer web dark gold, inner web black, the dark gold alone showing when the wing is closed. Tail and sickles black. Leg and foot feather as body. Under colour slate grey, free from white.
Female Neck and crest dark gold not black. Neck and breast dark gold striped black. Hackle feathers black centre with lemon / gold edge. Chest, lemon / gold and black mingling. Body, including wings and cushion, subtle black barring on soft partridge brown. Under colour slate grey and free of white. Leg and foot feather colour as body. Some black permissible in the tail.



The Bearded Silkie

  • As standard Silkie, but with clearly defined ear muff and beard. The wattles must not be visible


The Bantam Silkie

  • Counterpart of large fowl in all respects.



  • Large Fowl : Male 1.8 1kg (4lbs) Female 1.36kg (3lbs)
  • Bantam Fowl : Male 600g (22ozs) Female 500g (l8ozs)


Scale Of Points

  • Type 20
  • Head 30
  • Legs & Feet 10
  • Colour 10
  • Plumage 30


Serious Defects

  • Hard feathers.
  • Green beak or tip to the beak.
  • Horns protruding from the comb
  • Ruddy comb wattles or face.
  • Eye other than black.
  • Incorrect colour in plumage or skin.
  • Plumage not Silky.
  • Lack of crest a polish or split crest – the crest must not hang over the eyes.
  • Long pendulous wattles in the male.
  • Green soles to the feet.
  • Any deformities, as listed in the Poultry Club Book of Standards, including crooked or turned toes and uneven wattles.



  • Single comb.
  • Toes other than five in number.
  • Green legs or feet.
  • Featherless legs or feet.
  • Vulture hocks.