Silkies are considered by most as an ornamental breed of chicken. They are most easily distinguished by the fluffy, soft feathers that cover their entire body including their legs. Other distinguishing characteristics are: black or purple skin, five toes, small size and instinctive broodiness. They lay small, cream colored eggs and come in a variety of colors. They are a favorite as pets for backyard chicken owners because of the calm temperament and ability to thrive in confined areas.