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Under The Feather Farm
Specializing in rare, heritage and fancy chicken breeds ideal for the backyard flock

Breda Fowl / Black Copper Marans / Swedish Flower  // Mille Fleur d'Uccle / Paint Silkie

Paint Silkies

Who can resist these fluffy pompoms of a chicken. Silkies are a large bantam, with fluffy feathers that look like chick down, black skin, blue earlobes and five toes along with fluffy feet. They are very mellow and friendly which make them great pets. Ours are bearded.

They are best suited to flocks with other gentle breeds such as the Breda Fowl and Mille Fleur. They also require short perches that they can hop up to because their feathers are down like they can't fly.

Our breeding pen contains only Paint coloured Silkies. The Paint colour is like Blue, it does not breed true and you will get Paint, White and Black in about equal numbers. This is our third generation of them and they are still producing some Blue and the very occasional rare Silver Partridge. We are noticing some of them do not have black skin and beak at hatch, some are patchy and others are correctly black. The white skin is darkening as they age but just know that not all of them will meet the SOP or be show quality.

They are not great layers because they go broody frequently and persistently. They have enough determination to hatch a golf ball or pine cone if that's all they have incubate…or so they’ll try to convince you. The hens make awesome mothers and are a great replacement for an incubator. Silkies produce a small sized white or beige-tinted egg.

Extra roosters dressed out for the table will surprise you with their black skin, bones and connective tissue, caused by fibromelanosis, a rare mutation found in the highly prized and very expensive, Ayam Cemani and the  Swedish Black Hen (Svart Hona).  The meat is surprisingly juicy and flavourful once you get past the colouring and very popular in some parts of the world.

Temperament: quiet, docile
Bird size: small (large bantam)
Egg colour: tinted (off white)
Size: small
Price: $14 per chick $7 per egg
 

Ordering Information

How to order: Read the information on our Order page for more information and details then send us an email to lisa@underthefeather.com with your order including breed, number of chicks/eggs, preferred receiving date, your address (or nearest airport if we're flying them to you) and any questions. We'll send you back answers and the total cost.

 

 

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