The Silkie Bantam chicken has been talked about for years. Marco Polo talked about black-skinned, furry chickens while traveling in Asia in the 13th century. The American Silkie Bantam Club was established in 1923 and has been going strong ever since.
The Silkie chickens have black skin. Their feathers are more like down and they have feathered feet. The Silkies also have top knots on their heads. Some of the Silkies are bearded and some are non-bearded. All of our parent stock is bearded and we breed for beards however, some of the chickens will still be non-bearded. Combine all of this with their turquoise ear lobes and you have one beautiful chicken.
If you are considering buying a Silkie it is more than likely for a pet, show bird, or for their broodiness. These three things are what this bird is most known for. They are very docile birds that do not fly a lot. Combine this with their ability to adapt to handling and attention, and it makes them a great show breed. If you are looking for a bird that will accept small spaces because you are limited, then this is the bird for you. The Silkie hens are not prominent layers but they are excellent mothers to all chicks, even if the chicks are not theirs. This breed is so gentle that the roosters have maternal instincts as well. They are known to call chicks over to treats in the yard when they are old enough to venture from their moms.
We offer 5 color variations of the Silkie: White, Black, Blue, Buff, and Splash. We breed for good muffs and the famous 5th toe. Silkies have some breeding defects that appear in about 5% of the chicks. These defects can include no muff under the beak, lacking a 5th toe, curled toes, straight combs, and cross beaks.
Live Chick Guarantee
We guarantee your ordered number of birds arrive healthy and true to breed. Please contact us immediately should any losses or variances to your order occur, this guarantee is only for the safe and live delivery of your poultry. Any loss must be reported to Chickens for Backyards within 3 days of receipt for any adjustment to be made. Re-shipments are subject to availability and minimum shipping requirements. If eligible, we will reship only once. Reimbursements are limited to the cost of the birds and will not include shipping charges.
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QIAN CHEN (verified owner) –
I got a white, a grey, a black, Grey one is always upset, White one is the biggest. They are fluffy and feel like silk.
josieksewell (verified owner) –
We ordered eight assorted silkies and were sent ten beautiful babies (two extra just in case). We’re still ten chicks strong; three black, two lavender, two white, two buff, and one splash! I’m very happy with them!
Melinda Bell (verified owner) –
Oh, what delightful little silkies! Healthy and happy! Thank you for the surprise of an extra one! We love the color arrangement you gave to us! Also, AMAZING packaging! The best I’ve seen! Very fast shipping! I highly recommend Chickens For Backyards Hatchery!
Jessica Monk (verified owner) –
I ordered four and got five. From the looks of them I got one of each color. They hatched on the 25th of May and I got them on the 27th of May. They came in healthy and already showing big personalities that are a joy to watch. I can’t wait to see how many roos and hens I got. Will be using Chickens for Backyards again.
Alexis Johnson (verified owner) –
I ordered 3. Received a white, black, and yellow/orange. They are so cute, curious lovely little things. Would 100% order again.
alicia farner (verified owner) –
All of my birds came happy and healthy they eve came a day early. They were packaged very well, and the post office called at 7:30am and let me pick them up before they opened. I will be ordering more of these birds in the near future.
Eric Hazelton –
Placed an order back in January. Due to the high demand right now, the ship dates was a bit out, but to my surprise they did ship on the exact date projected. I ordered a mix of 4 silkies by specific color., (and 2 black australorps) for a total of 6 chicks. they ended up sending me 2 extra chicks on my order (as others have noted) and the extras were buff silkies. Since silkies aren’t sexed this increases my chances of getting hens.!! The chicks all arrived in two days, healthy, and mobile. they’re in the brooder now eating and drinking. I am extremely pleased with the whole process and how nicely they were packed. I am a new chicken owner, and this was my very first experience ordering chicks online.