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Believed to be originated in China during the Han dynasty. The Chinese term for Silkie is wu-gu-ji, which means black boned. In 1298, Marco Polo bragged about seeing a bird with black skin and "hair like a cat" on his travels to China. Considering Silkies, produce more carnosine compared to other poultry, they were used in Chinese medicine. Marco Polo introduced the first Silkie chickens to the western world. Silkies made their big debut in the 1900s. Several patrons paid to view the traveling circus side show ‘freaks” attraction where Silkies were described as "Chickens with fur instead of feathers".

 

You will receive 1 bird (random suprise color) per hatch date and quantity ordered.

 

Feather Color:   We will select the feather color for this starter pullet  randomly based on what we have available. Only order if you do not have a feather color choice. Some of the possible feather colors that might be used to fulfill your order include APA (American Poultry Association) standard colors such as bearded and non-bearded: buff, splash, blue, self-blue, partridge, grey, black, white, and other unique colors not recognized by APA.

 

A starter pullet gives families a jump start on chicken ownership, allows families to skip the need to invest in a heated brooder, and there is less wait time for eggs. Selecting a specific hatch date of a starter pullet is your commitment to pick her up within (6) days of order placement on your choice of Saturday between 8am-5pm or Monday between 5pm-6:30pm. Make sure you select the hatch date desired to ensure your starter pullet is the age you want. For further guidance on what age, they can begin to be acclimated to outside temperatures, read the section on Considerations of Starter Pullets prior to purchasing. Bearded/ non-bearded are not options. Only order if you do not have a preference.

 

Physical Characteristics

The ability to be so soft is their lack of barbicels in their feathers. This can cause them to become wet easily.  They do fine in winter climates as long as they have shelter to avoid getting wet and cold. Silkies sport unique oval shaped turquoise blue earlobes.  For show, they need to have five black toes where two are feathered, however, there are times when they are only born with 4 toes.  Most have a cute pom-pom looking head thanks to an adorable crest. Silkies can have clean faces or have a muff and beard. These characteristics are not selectable options. If you are planning to show your silkie it is recommended to order multiples and choose the one you believe will do the best. Your order will be randomly fulfilled based on what is available at the time of order pick up. We believe in continuously improving the bird’s standard of perfection and personality with each generation. While have great bloodlines typically exceed expectations in 4H competitions, not every bird born will be show quality. For families planning to show it is always recommended to purchase multiples and pick the best one from the flock to show.

 

Eggs they will gift

Gifts 2-3 white small eggs a week

 

Personality

A Silkie chicken is the ultimate choice for kids. They are cuddly, fluffy,  tolerant, and love sitting in a child's lap to cuddle.   They are very friendly, calm, and docile birds and interact very well with people. Silkies will follow you around and ‘talk’ to you. If you're looking for a friendly, chatty, sweet-natured poultry pal as a first bird for your children or a companion for yourself, you may just have found your ideal.

 

Without a doubt, Silkies are certainly are unusual-looking chickens! The Silkie chicken has been called fluff-balls, aliens from another world, teddy bears, and many other things in between.Their eccentric appearance, friendliness, and mothering skills makes them truly endearing.

 

Silkies are great garden girls.  It is delightful to observe the hens drink the droplets of fresh morning dew from the leaves like nectar. You can plant brassicas (cabbage plants) in their run area. The will keep the caterpillars and other pests at bay and fertilize the plants at the same time. Permaculture means solving problems naturally. Spent bedding is a great addition to your compost pile adding much needed carbon, nitrogen and nutrients.

 

If you are low on space, Silkies are happy to be contained in a mud-free run. Their downy feathers mean they can't fly so roost bars need to be lower. Silkie chickens are exactly as they look - funny, cuddly and very kind. They are one of the few chickens who would be happy to be kept in an apartment as an emotional support animal. Keep in mind they will need a chicken buddy.

 

Sexing Method

Communities have laws in which roosters are not allowed. The sex of a Silkie is not reliably identifiable by external characteristics until mature. Vent sexing is not safe for bantam breeds. Thus, industry standard is to offer as an unsexed straight run. To assist city families, we offer Silkies with your choice of unsexed chicks with females with coverage or DNA sexed females. If not investing in DNA sexing, plan for 50% or more of your order to end up being roosters.  Some families order twice as many silkies that they actually want with female coverage and once roosters are identified, return and use the store credit towards organic feed for their flock.

Starter Pullet: Silkie Surprise Color

$50.00Price
  • Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are proud to be completely different than typical feed store/ hatchery industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs since they are too small for safe vent sexing. We offer multiple sexing options.

     

    Male

    If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.

     

    Unsexed

    This option means that the chicks have not yet been sexed and are sold as a straight run. While nature usually averages half girls and half boys in high volumes, families should only order if prepared for >50% possible roosters.

     

    Female Coverage

    This is our most economical choice for families seeking a female. We kept city ordinances that restrict rooster ownership in mind. This option is great for families that want to enjoy a backyard flock of ladies. We use traditional sexing methods on the breeds that capable of being vent sexed, home accidental roosters, and issue store credit of original purchased price. To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on their breed view: How to Sex Chickens.

     

    Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% for bantam breeds, 90% for standard breeds, and as high as 95% for auto sexing breeds. Our female coverage option is not a service fee for sexing the chick, it is the cost difference between purchasing a male or a female chicken. We do not believe in grinding males alive nor suffocating them as day olds to enable a profit when selling a stated female chick at ridiculously low prices. Thus, our female pricing takes into consideration the male left behind with each female purchased. Male chicks are typically half the price of a female.

     

    To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must remain in perfect health. If the family decides to return the rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you are welcome to decide to keep any accidental rooster and forfeit the credit.

     

    DNA Sexed Female Chicks

    For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.

     

     

    Balance accuracy with financial investment

    The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.

     

    We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster (up to $100 savings) and use the store credit towards a replacement or our organic feed. While harder to sex bantam breeds, or families that know they will develop a with strong emotional attachment prefer to invest in DNA sexing.

     

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