Silkie Bantam

Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly, and docile temperament. The hens are excellent mothers and are considered exceptionally broody

They are fair layers, laying only about three eggs a week, but they have another job that is equally important. The Silkie is commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. She will sit on any hen’s eggs and genuinely embrace the act of motherhood.

Silkies have fluffy, almost silk-like plumage and feathers on their legs and feet.The breed has several unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh, bones, and blue ears. They have five toes on each foot and most chickens only have four. Because of their many unique characteristics, Silkies are considered to be an ornamental breed.

Both China and Japan claim the origin of these unique bantams. The earliest recorded history of Silkies occurs in Marco Polo’s writings about his travels to the Orient during the 13th century.

Description
• Class: Feather-legged Bantam
• Rarity: Common
• Purpose: Ornamental
• Hardy In Winter: Yes
• Egg Laying: 3 per week
• Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
• Egg Size: Tiny
• Comb Type: Walnut Comb
• Crested: Yes
• Number of Toes: 5
• Confinement: Accepts confinement well
• Setter/Broody: Yes

Recognized Varieties: Bearded & Non-Bearded: Black, White, Partridge, Buff, Gray, Blue.

Standard Weights:
• Mature Male 36 oz.
• Mature Female 32 oz.

To the best of my knowledge, there are only Bantam Silkies available in the U.S. –  If there is a  Standard size Silkie, I’m inclined to say it is mixed with another breed. If anybody has a better explanation please share your information below in the comment box – thank you!

Where can you get Silkie Bantams? Purely Poultry, hatching Silkies February – November. In stock now.

Murray McMurray has nice Silkie Bantams – but i it’s more common to find them SOLD OUT than available. But, I am happy with this hatchery, so if you’re not in a hurry their chicks are worth waiting for.

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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3 Responses to Silkie Bantam

  1. Love those pantaloons!

  2. tbnranch says:

    I wish I could, but it’s too hot here. I can’t keep them alive when they insist on being broody in the coop when its 110 outside. 😦

  3. pixilated2 says:

    They are very sweet birds. I miss having them here. Perhaps I will get a few replacements in the spring.

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