Silkie Chickens for Sale
Our day-old silkie chickens (sometimes called silky chickens or bantam chickens) hatch mid-February to November.
These fluffy chickens are cute! They have the “awwwww” factor, so if you are looking for a pet chicken, get yourself a Silkie. These bantam chickens are gentle, quieter than most, docile, and like people. They don’t fly well, and they don’t mind being confined. Their feathers are described as “soft,” “downy,” and “fur-like”. These birds do not have barbicels, which allows their feathers to spread out rather than hold together which looks like fur.
Silkie Recognized Variety
The various silkie bantam chicken breeds we have for sale give you a variety of color choices. The black silkie chicken is particularly popular.
Any blue variety ordered from Purely Poultry may include silkie chicks with black, blue, or splash plumage patterns.
Silkie Chicken Eggs
Production: Silkies are one of the most popular breeds for exhibition and are quite common. Silkie bantam chickens are not considered good layers as they tend to be broody, wanting to set on the bantam silkie chicken eggs instead. Their skin, bones, and meat are bluish-black and they are seen as gourmet food for some.
While many Silkies are kept as pets, some breeders also keep them because they are exceptionally broody and good mothers. A Silkie will hatch just about any other kind of egg and will mother the chicks. Because they are so docile and good-natured, they sometimes suffer bullying by more aggressive breeds when kept in mixed flocks.
Silkie roosters have unique feathers other than the fuzzy ones typical of the breed. They have pointed hackle and saddle feathers that are more like other birds. They also might have a pointed tail and have spurs.
History: No one is exactly sure where Silkie chickens originated, but Marco Polo did mention black-skinned, furry chickens in his travels through Asia during the 13th century. There is speculation that the breed was brought west through the silk trade, but no one knows for sure.
There have been many myths about Silkies. They have been billed as being covered in mammal fur, being a hybrid of a chicken and a rabbit, and having miracle healing properties. Of course, none of the myths are true, and though they are unusual chickens, Silkies are, indeed, just chickens.
The American Silkie Bantam Club was established in 1923 and continues as a strong organization today. They host poultry shows, publish a quarterly newsletter, an annual breeders directory, as well as host online forums and provide information about Silkies regularly to members.
Silkie Chicken Colors: Black, Blue, Buff, White, and many more
Conservation Status: Common
Weight: Cockerel 32 oz, Pullet 28 oz
APA Class: Feather Legged Bantam
Silkie Chicken Resources
Silkies, by the American Bantam Association
Bantams: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual
Book of Bantams