Vintage drawing of a beautiful pair of silky fowl. The silky fowl is so named due to the construction of their feathers. The filaments of their feathers are not fastened together but are separate and loose which gives these birds a softer and furry sort of appearance than other chickens. Their legs are also covered with these unique feathers. The silky fowl is about half the size of a number of the other chickens profiled in the book where so many of our wonderful public domain chicken images were found. They rarely weigh more than 3 pounds. These are pretty birds and they would make a pretty addition to one of your projects.
It is so much fun finding vintage books full of wonderful illustrations. Thomas E. Hill’s 1882 work Hill’s Album of Biography and Art provided over 200 drawings for this site.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.