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Wumeng Silkies Chicken, Wumeng Silky, Wumeng Black-bone

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Country: China

Home Tract: Originated in Bijie, Zhijin, Nayong, Dafang and Shuicheng Counties in the Wumeng Mountains bordered by both Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces.

Morphological characters

Body: Medium sized

Body Plumage: Majority of surface colour is black, few is white, barred, yellow or gray. Majority of plumage is multi-slice feather, and minority is fur.

Skin colour: Black

Combs: Black; Majority of comb is single comb, and minority is flat comb. Male have large upright comb. Female comb assume saw.

Wattles: Males have thin long wattle

Ears: Greenish black

Beak: Black

Toes: Black

Feet: Black

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Cock 1.9 kg, hen 1.5 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 185-200 days

Production traits

Annual egg production (numbers): 100-130

Weight of an egg: 40-45 grams

Half evisceration rate: 1.2 kg for male and 1.1 for female

Remarks: Wumeng Silky Guizhou specialty varieties, muscle rich in melanin. However, the species will nest strong future should strengthen the breeding to improve its growth performance and laying performance.


Jia Y., 2004, “Report on domestic animal genetic resources in China,” China Agriculture Press. [Web Reference]

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