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Grand Champion Junior Fitting and Showmanship
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Tanya and Midnight our Black Silkie Rooster

Description:
Silkie Chickens are a domestic breed named for their feathers, which are almost silk-like or fur-like in appearance.  They have a crest of feathers on the top of the head, and may be bearded as well.  Their legs are also feathered, with feathers continuing along the middle toe on each foot.  The feathers can come in many colors, including white, black, blue, buff, brown, splash, red and gray.  They are the only chickens to have black skin.  Their eyes are black, the beak, legs, and feet are usually grayish-blue, and exposed skin on the face is usually mulberry-coloredwith blue ears.  They probably originated in eastern Asia, and are now kept domestically worldwide.

If kept outdoors, they need a warm and dry habitat.  They do not fly well, so they require low perches and nesting boxes.

Their diet should consist of Layer pellets and scratch mix and fresh vegetables if you have them on occasion.

Silkie Chickens lay medium-sized eggs, ranging in color from white to light brown.  They are dependable, prolific layers, and one hen can easily raise a clutch of 8-12 eggs.  Among poultry breeders, they are known for their gentle nature and well-developed parenting skills.  Many breeders of quail or pheasants will keep a flock of Silkie hens to hatch any extra eggs – the Silkies will hatch and raise almost any kind of poultry or game fowl.  In many cases, the male will help to raise the chicks, leading them around their enclosure and calling them over to share food.  Silkie Chickens can live up to 9 years.

Did You Know?

        Most birds have tiny hooks called barbicels that keep their feathers flat.  Silkie Chickens’ feathers do not have barbicels, so their feathers fluff out like fur, instead of laying flat like most birds’ feathers.

        This domestic breed probably originated in eastern Asia and was “discovered” by the western world when Marco Polo encountered them during his travels in China.  He described them as “fur-covered fowls”.

        Silkie Chickens can be kept as pets.  They are gentle and docile, and seem to enjoy attention from people.

        They are becoming popular show birds, and have recently begun to win top prizes at major shows.

Special Award Lincoln County 2004
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Black Silkie Pullet

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The Silkie House

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Splash Silkie Roo from Alan Stanford Lines at BrownEggBlueEgg

We raise white, blue, black and splash silkies.  Baby chicks run $5.00 for pet quality and $8.00 for show quality under a month old with prices subject to change.  We also at different times will have adults ready for show and pairs for sale.

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White Silkie Hen

All Fluffed Up and Irritated at Me
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Blue Silkie Hen

Reserve Champion Adult Lincoln County 2004
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Fuzzbot our White Silkie Rooster from Alan Stanford lines at BrownEggBlueEgg

The silkies should have five toes with the fourth and fifth definitely separated and feathers that cover the outside toe and extend all the way down to the nail on the middle toe.

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Silkie Foot Feathering
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Silkie Eggs
Silkie eggs are a light pink to almost white depending on the color of the hen sometimes they can be almost brown.  They are great mothers and when setting a silkie will set for months not just days.  We have fertilized hatching eggs available year around and they are $9.00 for 1/2 dozen and $18.00 for a dozen with prices subject to change.

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