Silkie – White


Here we have available the larger version of the Silkie (still a relatively small ‘large chicken’). Originating from China, more than a thousand years ago, this larger version is the original type, there is also a bantam miniature version which was developed in the Netherlands, mid nineteenth century. This is a quirky bird with several outstanding features, the most visible being their silk-feathered bodies. They have hair-like feathers giving the softest touch, once tamed, love a cuddle, for children it’s just like having a living toy! Other specific features include purplish blue skin, also extending to legs, toes, beak and combs, not to mention bright blue ear lobes! As well as the regular form, there is also a ‘bearded’ version (extra feathers below the beak). Hardy in winter due to it’s dense coat of feathers, but needs plenty of shade in the summer. They are virtual non-flyers as their wings have no substance, so perches should be kept low. Generally not kept for egg production, laying approx. 100 cream eggs per year. (mostly small sized)

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    This is an advance order, we will contact you when the hens are available for collection.

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    Feather colour: white
    Temperament: docile / friendly
    Egg production:  90-110 eggs per year
    Egg shell colour: Cream

    You can simply call into our farm (during our opening hours) to have a look or buy birds.  You can also reserve birds through our website for collection from the farm.  Reservations are made against breed types and not specific birds, so you are still able to choose the birds yourself when you collect.  Making a reservation ensures we keep that number of the chosen breed for you.  Once we have received your order, we will check the stock levels and contact you to confirm their availability. If any of the birds ordered are not available in the current flock, we will let you know when we will next have them and if this is not acceptable then we will issue a full refund of your deposit.

    When purchasing poultry from us please either bring your own carrier, alternatively, our cardboard boxes or carriers are available to purchase on our website, pre-ordered with your birds or in our shop.

    If you have not placed an order or have not received our confirmation, please contact us before making a special trip to our farm to avoid any possible disappointment.

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