Bantam Miniature Silkies.
Very attractive tiny Exhibition birds, Red and white miniatures.
Silkie is one of the most ancient breeds we know today. It is thought they may date back as far as 2000 years with origins in either China or South East Asia but there is certainly an account of a ‘furry chicken’ from this region documented by Marco Polo in the 13th Century. So different are they in appearance to other breeds that as they were introduced in the West myths were spread that they were actually chickens crossed with rabbits.
The characteristic plumage is a consequence of the feathers having no functioning barbules or hooks to hold them together. While this creates the attractive and unusually soft plumage it does also mean that, whilst they are accomplished runners and jumpers, Silkies are unable to fly.
Silkies have several other unusual physical characteristics with all colour varieties displaying the already mentioned blue earlobes, 5 toes as opposed to the usual 4 and completely black skin and bones as well as dark coloured meat. The other personality trait of the Silkie is that the hens are very prone to going broody, which has lead to them being used to incubate the eggs of other less maternal chickens as well as other types of poultry and game birds. This said, they can still present you with up to 150 tinted eggs a year.
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Please call to view and collect on 01673 878095 (evenings for collection please )
Fresh Hatching eggs £10 for 6 (UK postage or collection only) when available