Please NOTE: My Partridge variety is a work in progress. I started from scratch with this colour and there are quite a few that have too much buff.
The Silkie (sometimes alternatively spelled Silky) is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and appear in various colours.
In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about 5 eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species.
Silkies are exquisite mothers, and mine are no exception. If you do not want a bird who wants to be a mother, please consider something else. They are very hard to break of their setting. It can be done, but if you want a bird that lays well for you, without hatching chicks - go for a Barred Plymouth Rock. If you want something fancy - maybe a Polish or Houdan.
Silkies are happy with one chick or ten of them.
I have yet to have a silkie who went an entire year without setting. My hens are allowed to set two times a year each. After that they can lose condition.
Breed Description credit of Wikipedia