Of all the ornamental breeds of chickens, the Silkie remains one of the most popular, and of course, most entertaining. They are soft, fluffy birds, with very friendly temperaments, black skin, and five toes. Oftentimes females are exceptionally broody, and have no problem hatching the eggs of other birds in addition to their own. The earliest account of a Silkie came from the writings of Marco Polo, who discovered them during his 13th century travels in China. When they became established in the West, around the mid-1800’s, myths began to circulate, including that they were actually the offspring of chickens and rabbits!