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Yanjin Silkies Chicken

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Country: China

Home Tract: Yanjin, Daguan and Weixin Counties, Yunnan Province.

Morphological characters

Body: Large sized, squared

Body Plumage: Compact plumage. Majority of surface colour is black. It is ripple-yellow, gray, black-yellow, white, red that take second place.

Skin colour: Black

Head: Hold up

Combs: Flat on the top, Single upright comb, black

Wattles: Black

Ears: Black

Face: Black

Beak: Black

Wings: Well-folded

Chest/Breast: Well developed

Tail: Hold up

Limbs/Shanks: Some have shank feather

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Cock 3.18 kg, hen 2.2 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 210 days

Production traits

Egg shell colour: Hazel, and minority is white

Annual egg production (numbers): 120-160

Weight of an egg: 56.7 grams

Egg shape index: 1.4

Half evisceration rate: At adult is 84.3% for male and 84.1% for female.

Evisceration rate: At adult is 78.2% for male and 73.2% for female.


Huo J.L., et al., 2014, “Genetic diversity of local Yunnan chicken breeds and their relationships with Red Junglefowl,” Genetics and Molecular Research; 13(2): 3371-3383. [Web Reference]

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

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